Blacklers Santa gets a celebrity makeover

Father Christmas at Blackler's department store in 1958. Credit: Stewart Bale collection, Merseyside Maritime Museum

A giant Father Christmas, which delighted generations of Liverpool children in his former home at Blackler's Department Store, is going on display for the first time in 20 years at the Museum of Liverpool.

Towering over visitors, at more than five metres high, the jumbo Santa was originally used to advertise Blackler's grotto, a must-visit for many Liverpool families during the festive season between 1957 until the store closed in 1988.

"Blackler's Santa made a big impression on all of those who saw him on a visit to Blackler's at Christmas.

"He was taken into the hearts of Liverpool people and we are delighted to be able to put him back on public display, not just for this Christmas but for many more to come."

– Kay Jones, Curator of Urban Community History

Brookside creator Phil Redmond and his wife have paid for Blackler's Santa to be restored.

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