Blackler's Santa

Museum of Liverpool
Pier Head
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 1DG

Tel: +44(0)151 478 4545

The iconic Blackler's Santa is back at Museum of Liverpool this festive season


Do you remember this giant Father Christmas from Blackler’s department store (1957-1988)?

After undergoing a massive transformation last year, he went on display in the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium for the first time in more than 20 years over Christmas 2016. This year he is back again!

This special Father Christmas brings back many happy memories for generations of local people. He was originally made in 1957, by Peter Blazey and his colleagues in the Blackler’s display studio.

The Liverpool department store was famous for its amazing Winter Wonderland Grotto and this giant Santa Claus. More than 10,000 visitors a week marvelled at the magical scenes, and told Santa what they'd like for Christmas.

Following the store’s closure in 1988 he made occasional appearances around the city to raise money for charity. However, after many years, his original cane body and costume could not be saved. 

In 2013 Peter kindly donated the model’s head, hands and boots to the Museum of Liverpool and has transformed Santa; faithfully recreating his body and costume.

Santa statistics

Height: just over 5 metres

Chest: circumference nearly 5 metres 

Waist: circumference a little less than 5 metres (before Christmas lunch)

Boot size: 45 

What is he made of?

Head, hands and boots: plaster and a little Christmas magic

Body: cane on a plywood frameSave & close

Thank you

Huge thank you to:

Phil and Alexis Redmond, past Trustees of National Museums Liverpool, for generously funding Santa’s transformation.

Peter and his team at Attic Display Ltd for expertly carrying out the work.



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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Pier Head is on the waterfront close to Liverpool city centre and the Liverpool One complex. Follow signposts for the Albert Dock from the motorway and other main routes into the city centre. You may want to use  AA Route Planner  to plan your journey.

Public Transport Directions

Find out the best way to get here by using the Merseytravel journey planner or by calling Merseytravel on 0871 200 2233.

By train  

Get the latest information about local train services on the Merseyrail website.

James Street station is the closest and is only a couple of minutes walk away. This station is served by the Wirral Line trains only. 

Moorfields station, which is served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is about 5 minutes walk away. 

Liverpool Central station is about 15 to 20 minutes walk away and is also served by the Northern and Wirral Lines.

The museum is about a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street station - Liverpool's mainline train station. 

By bus  

The nearest bus station is at Paradise Street, near the Liverpool One complex. Some bus services also drop off at the Pier Head, right by the museum.

Full details of bus services are on the Merseytravel website .

By ferry

The Mersey Ferries terminal is right next to the museum at the Pier Head. An hourly service runs throughout the day from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral, with a more frequent commuter service before 10am and after 4pm.

By bicycle

There are lots of bicycle bays opposite the entrance to the museum, by the Great Western Railway building.


There are car parks in the nearby Liverpool ONE complex opposite the entrance to the Albert Dock. Q-Park Strand Street has 2000 underground spaces, Q-Park Gradwell Street has 560 multi-storey spaces and Q-Park John Lewis has 580 multi-storey spaces. The entrance to the Strand Street car park is opposite the Albert Dock and is accessible from the centre of the road in both directions. The Gradwell Street car park is opposite BBC Radio Merseyside and the John Lewis car park is located opposite the Paradise Street bus interchange and the police station.

Opening Times

Open (19 November 2019 - 7 January 2020)

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