Pre-Christmas cheer at the Otago Museum!

It's that time of year once again! The jolly Mr Santa Claus himself will be stopping by the Animal Attic at the Otago Museum to spread Christmas spirit - Victorian-style!

From Tuesday December 20 until Christmas Eve, young visitors can have their photo taken, then get festive with activities, facepainting, story time and crazy Christmas merriment throughout the day! Photos with Santa are available for purchase at $3.

The museum's supervised holiday programme, Discovery Squad, starts early these summer holidays with some pre-Christmas cheer. Like a jam-packed stocking, these morning sessions - which run from Tuesday December 20 until Friday December 23 - are stuffed full of activities creating, crafting and celebrating Christmas.

Opening Tuesday December 20 in Discovery World, see the highlights of last year's hugely popular summer exhibition! The Your Face Here - The Science Edition lets visitors see themselves in ways they would never imagine!

And don't miss the latest special exhibition, Focal Point: 150 years of the Otago Daily Times, presenting images from the newspaper's history, celebrating its role as an integral part of the Otago community.

For all this and so much more these holidays, check out the Otago Museum's website (www.otagomuseum.govt.nz) or call the information desk for a copy of the school-holiday brochure: (03) 474-7474.