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Byline: Paul Suart Staff Reporter paul.suart.trinitymirror.com

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

That's because Santa was opening some of his many grottos across the Midlands today.

The festive dens will stir fond memories for readers of a certain vintage who remember favourites like Lewis's, a festive staple in the 1970s and 1980s.

Over the years, as our pictures show, Santa has also made appearances at The Oratory School in Edgbaston, Pavilions shopping mall, Rackhams in Corporation Street and at the Pallasades.

And as busy as he is, toing and froing from Lapland to collect and deliver presents, old St Nicholas was back in Birmingham earlier this month for the city's Christmas lights switch-on.

He will also be spreading more joy from his workshops, including at Cadbury World today in the first of five Christmas Celebration Weekends at the Bournville attraction.

Next Saturday, Santa will be opening the doors to his grotto on the fifth floor at House of Fraser, in Corporation Street.

The grotto, which will cost PS5, will run until December 15, opening from 10am to 6pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 11am to 5pm Birm will Mag BecC post to S mag clas m on Sundays. Elsewhere in mingham, Father Christmas be holding residence at the gical Christmas Adventure at ckett's Farm in Wythall. Children can visit the North Pole t office to write their own letter Santa and then post it in the gical post box to send it first ss to Lapland.

Tell us your grotto memories? letters@birminghammail.co.uk

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All smiles for Millie Yarwood, 4, and Martha Bolter, 5, at Umberslade Children's farm, Warwickshire

Santa arrives at Lewis's store and, right, twins Kylie (left) and Lisa Carter of Aston Towers Nursery School at Rackhams

Santa Claus takes a break at his grotto in Rackhams

The Pallasades opens in 2010 with elves Bounce, Twinkle and Snowdrop

A kiss from Rachel Follows, of Sheldon, at the city's Metropole Hotel

It's a hug for Santa at Oratory Junior and Infants School, Edgbaston

Father Christmas at Lewis's

Leteesha Holness, aged 3, from Tyseley, at The Pallasades grotto

Father Christmas meets Cara Shakespeare, aged 4, of Boldmere

Jack McQuillen, aged 4, front, and Crystal McQuillen, aged 3, in Peter Pan's Never-Never Land Grotto at Dudley Zoological Gardens
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