Visitors to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are invited to meet Father Christmas in his Antarctic Grotto from the 26th November to 23rd December 2016.

All admission tickets to the popular city centre attraction include the chance to meet Santa stationed with his North Pole neighbours – the Gentoo Penguins – in the chilly Ice Adventure area.

This year, The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham’s resident Gentoo penguins welcomed a new colony, which migrated all the way from Calgary in Canada. The waddling additions have settled in with the resident Gentoo colony and are looking forward to spending their first Christmas in the UK. The cheeky birds are sure to put a smile on visitors’ faces as they visit the grotto!

Families will be able to see an underwater Christmas tree situated in the UK’s only transparent 360˚ Ocean Tunnel and find out more from the expert aquarist team about how all of the sea life creatures will receive treats during the festive season. What’s more, little ones can also visit the brand new attraction, Clownfish Kingdom, where they will come face-to-fin with the famous fish.

Amy Langham, General Manager at the attraction said: “We’re honoured to have Father Christmas choose our family attraction to base his North Pole HQ and look forward to welcoming many guests to experience the chilly Ice Adventure and see the cheeky Gentoo penguins when they meet him this Christmas.”

Plus, if you are looking for a fantastic festive gift, how about a unique VIP Feed experience with some of the centre’s most loved creatures? Prices start from just £65 with Molokai, the Giant Green Sea Turtle. For penguin lovers, there’s the opportunity to feed the adorable and cheeky Gentoo penguins, firm favourites with visitors at the centre. Alternatively, visitors can brave the sharks and give them their tasty lunch time treats.

Every experience makes a great gift and includes priority admission, a SEA LIFE goody bag and of course the opportunity to meet an Aquarist and learn more about the lives of some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures. Get those questions answered that have forever been burning in your mind and discover all about the special diets of the sea creatures.

For further information about The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham, or to pre-book tickets online before your visit, please go to www.SEALIFE.co.uk/birmingham/. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.