Just in the St. Nick of time: Santa’s back!

Credit: Manchester City Council

Manchester’s Giant Santa will be returning to his favourite city next week. He will take his rightful place outside Central Library in St Peter’s Square- ready for the festive fun.

Clocking in at 12- meters high and weighing 2.3 tonnes, Manchester’s festive mascot will be carefully constructed from Monday 15 November and will be turned on later that week. He’ll be powered by thousands of  low-energy LED light bulbs transforming him into the sparkly, bright Christmas icon that he is. 

Manchester’s favourite red resident will be the final addition to the trail of light sculptures created for the City Centre by local Blackburn-based MK Illumination, bringing festive joy from the 12 November.

There will be a nativity scene in St Ann’s Square, light sculptures in Piccadilly Gardens (Winter Gardens)  including the popular sparkling Manchester Bee and, a large Christmas tree that will accompany St. Nick in St Peter’s Square- perfect for festive selfies! The Christmas Tree is made from recycled materials and is reused each year as a commitment to the sustainability of the city’s festive events. 

Santa will be joining the festive cheers – using his Twitter account @MCRSanta, make sure to tag him in your Christmas snaps and use the hashtag #McrChristmas to keep him in the loop! 

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson said:  

“Santa is eager to return to his favourite city and to ensure that Christmas is safe and fun for everyone! 

“He wants to make sure that everyone in Manchester has a wonderful Christmas. We tree-mendously hope you go down to see him, if you miss him yule be sorry” 

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