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Blackler's Father Christmas is back!

From 16 November 2017

Giant Santa model on display in the Museum of Liverpool

© Gareth Jones

Giant Father Christmas standing on the central staircase in main hallway of department store. Other decorations include a Christmas tree, stars suspended from the ceiling and garlands of tinsel

Father Christmas in Blackler's department store, 1958. Stewart Bale collection, Merseyside Maritime Museum, 581174-1.

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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 He was originally made in 1957, by Peter Blazey and his colleagues in the Blackler’s display studio.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.

Share your memories

Did you visit Santa in Blackler's? We would love to see your photos and hear your memories. Share them on twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #giantsanta.

You can also join our Remember when...? reminiscence talks on Fridays 8 and 15 December, 2-3pm.

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 frame

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.