Father Christmas is heading to Liverpool this Christmas!

Those of a certain age might remember the famous giant Father Christmas from Blackler’s Department Store in Liverpool that stood tall during the festive months. After undergoing a massive transformation in 2016 he is now ready to take pride of place for the amazing fourth year running at the Museum of Liverpool. We must have been very good!

From 19 November to 7 January visitors will be able to see the special Blackler's Father Christmas once again and introduce the younger generation to the magic of the big man himself. 

To find out just what happened to Santa after he left Blackler’s and how he underwent his transformation we spoke to Kay Jones, Lead Curator of Community History at the Museum of Liverpool for all of the magical secrets. 


What is the story behind the giant Santa? How old is he?


He was made in 1957, (which makes him 62 years young), by Peter Blazey and his colleagues in the Blackler's Display Studio. When the store closed Peter bought up many of the props he had created during his career, including Santa. 


How long was he at the department store for?


He was there as part of the Winter Wonderland Grotto until the store sadly closed in 1988.


What is he made of?


His body was originally made out of cane, but after many years of being on display in the store and in storage, his original body and costume couldn’t be saved. Peter kindly donated his head, hands and boots to the Museum. He was restored by the man who knew him best, Peter Blazey. The transformation, which was generously funded by Phil and Alexis Redmond, past Trustees of National Museums Liverpool, included a faithful recreation of his body and costume.


How tall is he? What is his shoe size?


Blackler’s Father Christmas is a huge 18ft tall, with a boot size of 45. 


How long does it take to put him on display?


All in all, around three hours.


Where is he kept before he comes out for Christmas?


At the North Pole, of course!

Did you visit Santa when he lived at Blackler’s Department Store? If you did, we would love to see your photos and hear your special memories. Share your images with us on Twitter with the hashtag #GiantSanta so we can share them too! 

The Giant Father Christmas will be at The Museum of Liverpool from 19 November until 7 January and is free to enter leaving plenty of time for you to get that ultimate festive photo.  


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