A scuba-diving Santa Claus took time off from preparing for Christmas by taking the plunge at Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium.
The fearless Father Christmas was joined by one of his elf helpers as they donned scuba gear and entertained surprised visitors to the Rock-a-Nore Road attraction.
The sub-aquatic Saint Nick temporarily shared the giant tropical ocean display with a variety of sharks, rays and hundreds of brightly coloured reef fish.
Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “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."
This Friday is ITV's Text Santa - a marathon programme, with big celebrity names - raising millions of pounds for great causes. Thanks to your donations and fund-raising efforts, over £5 million was raised last year.
Six charities benefited - Age Uk, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, Clic Sargent, the British Heart Foundation and Hospice UK.
This year, there are new charities - and this week we'll be highlighting their work.
Tom Savvides meets a brave 13-year-old, from Worthing, in Sussex, - supported by nurses from the Wellchild charity.
This week we have been finding out how ITV's Text Santa charity appeal is changing lives across the South East.
Here's the story of a young man - Aaron Davies, who had a heart transplant at the age of 26 following a sudden illness. As Andrea Thomas reports, The British Heart Foundation has been helping him on the long road to recovery.
All week we have been showing you how Text Santa has been helping charities and people across the Meridian region. Tonight, you can watch the main programme from 8pm on ITV with all your favourite stars. Here's a behind the scenes preview of what is in store...
You can watch the Text Santa appeal tonight from 8pm, but watch out as special guests and programmes will be appearing all day on ITV.
One of the charities benefiting from the the text Santa appeal is Beat Bullying UK, who support victims of mental and physical bullying. The charity says the money raised by Text Santa could be 'priceless'. Andrew Pate speaks to Paige Chandler from Portsmouth who has been a victim of cyber bullying
We speak to those who have been helped by the fundraising efforts of Text Santa and look at the one of the charities who is a benefactor of Text Santa's support. Age UK looks at how its help is invaluable in turning around the lives of others.
This week we've been finding out how ITV's Text Santa charity appeal is changing lives across the South East.
Twelve months ago pensioner Tony Martin, from Folkestone, was isolated, struggling to keep warm and feed himself. Until Age UK helped him turn his life around.
All week we're finding out how ITV's Text Santa charity appeal is changing lives across the South. Tonight we meet the Rees family, on the Isle of Wight.
Mum Sarah has a condition that means she's in constant pain - it also means her husband and four children are now her carers. Sarah Cooper's been to find out how the charity Barnardos is helping to make their lives a little easier.
All this week we're looking at some of the organisations who are benefitting from this year's ITV Text Santa Appeal.
It's our campaign to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people - by inspiring, engaging and empowering others to make a difference at Christmas time.
We start tonight with a children's cancer charity and the story of one teenager who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
After two major operations in Oxford, Charlotte Bell's family were supported throughout her recovery with the help of CLIC Sargent. Penny Silvester reports.
Clic Sargent is just one of the UK-based charities we're supporting this year. Every penny that's raised will be split equally between Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.