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Fancy dress and splashing about in the sea on Christmas Day

People in fancy dress have been taking part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemout,h to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. It must have felt VERY cold in the water!

A Christmas Day dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A chilly dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Beats the hot desert sand Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A snowman at Boscombe Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Splashing about for a good cause Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Ready for the big dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Let's hope Frosty doesn't melt Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
More than just a little dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Braving the elements for charity Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Bet they're glad it's all over! Looks cold enough! Well done all! Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Scuba-diving santa joins sharks in Hastings tank

He's used to flying high in the skies, but this year Santa's gone underwater to deliver some Christmas joy to people in Sussex.

Father Christmas donned his scuba gear and immersed himself in Hastings's Aquarium's tropical ocean display - sharing his swim with sharks, rays and hundreds of bright ray fish.

Santa spreading some Christmas spirit at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium Credit: Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium

Several metres underwater may not be the first place you’d expect to come face to face with Father Christmas.

It just goes to show there really isn’t anywhere Santa can’t deliver presents – and it’s certainly a lot warmer than the North Pole.

Santa’s unexpected dive was a particularly welcome treat for a youngster who was enjoying a birthday party at the aquarium.

Father Christmas and his elf surprised the birthday party by first going in to the café to say hello and then invited all the children to go and watch them dive – they loved it!"

– Leanna Lawson, Blue Reef Aquarium worker
Fearless Father Christmas surprised visitors to the Hastings attraction Credit: Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium

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Santa is given the sack after mayhem in his grotto

Santa has been given the sack Credit: Solent News Agency

Santa has been given the sack after after 15 years in the job. Families became angry after queues built up at a grotto in Crawley.

Paul-John Harris, 65, from Newhaven, said he was no longer required after an incident on Saturday, where queues built up and the crowds watched on after an elf became ill.

Mr Harris said: “There were kids in the queue and the printers weren’t working so families couldn’t get their pictures. The photos were coming out with all their heads chopped off and it was holding everything up.

“At around 5pm they closed the queue but there were still loads of people waiting. Then one of the elves was taken ill and started crying. She came into the grotto screaming and hyperventilating. There was still a big crowd outside and people were getting angry.

“I really enjoy being a Santa but I’ll probably have to work doing discos.”

Can you talk turkey?

You'd think they don't have much to shout about at this time of year, but a farm in Kent has released footage of their turkeys talking.

The footage was released by Ashford Farm Turkeys and shows the flock of birds responding to the farmer's 'turkey calls'.

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300 thousand pieces of Christmas at Legoland

At 8m tall and made of more than 300,000 bricks, it is not the sort of Christmas tree Santa Claus is likely to miss.

Model maker Katrina James took great care as she leaned out from a cherry-picker and gently slotted into place the bright yellow star that adorns the top of the tree at Legoland in Windsor this week.

The enormous Lego tree took six modelling experts four weeks to construct.

The pine tree was built in sections that were then manoeuvred into place, and the tree has been festooned with hundreds of twinkling lights.

The star itself took Ms James six days to create, requiring meticulous design to ensure it was precise and had perfect proportions.

Despite looking rather delicate, the tree has been built to withstand the elements.

The Lego model makers are amazing at making sure everything is weather-proof.

They have special glue and other things to make it weather-proof. The tree will have an internal structure, an architecture of metal, so it is not just classic Lego but is built around a frame.

– Legoland spokesperson
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