Do you remember the giant Father Christmas from Blackler’s department store?
Chest: circumference nearly 5m
Waist: circumference a little less than 5m
Boot size: 45
When on display, more than 10,000 visitors a week marvelled at him and the magical scenes from the ‘Winter Wonderland’ and told Santa what they’d like for Christmas.
I will always remember the fantastic atmosphere the giant Santa and the Christmas scenes evoked especially, a time when the grotto was opened one Christmas by ‘Pinky and Perky’ Oh memories…but I’m sure a lot of readers will have their very special memories of the store.
Historically,the giant Father Christmas from Blackler’s department store was in the Liverpool store between (1957-1988) and is now back in public display for the first time in over 20 years in the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium.
Made by Peter Blazey and his colleagues in the display studio in 1957, this very special Santa will bring back many happy memories for generations of local people. You can see and listen to Peter in a special on-line report, in which he explains how the giant Santa came to be and how it has been returned to its former glory.
So, please, this Christmas holiday, make sure you tell granny or granddad and make a very special visit to the Museum of Liverpool where Santa will be until 30th December, and if you have any old photo’s of him and memories then share them on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #giantsanta.
This is a real iconic piece of Liverpool’s modern day history and all praise goes to the team that developed and researched the idea to bring the model back to life.
Yes, when the Santa Dash arrives in Liverpool, you know Christmas has arrived! It’s Liverpool’s big kick-start to Christmas.
This is the 13th annual Liverpool Santa Dash and Liverpool’s dashing Santa’s are being invited to pull on their trainers and Santa suits for a day of fun while raising much-needed cash for charity.
The Radio City Liverpool Santa Dash is this Sunday 4th December and it’s the UK’s biggest festive 5K fun run.
If you can make the event then you will not be disappointed because the atmosphere there is just electric. Eventer or onlooker, you are certain to be caught up in this ecstatic atmosphere all morning.
I love it when Liverpool is transformed into a sea of red, blue and Oh Yes, mini Santa’s. But it doesn’t end there, for the rest of the day, Santa’s seem to appear non stop popping up entering and exiting in and out of shops getting their retail therapy fix.
It all starts at the Pier Head at 9.30am and finishes outside the Town Hall – where you will find that there is even real snow as the Santa’s cross the finish line!
For the kids 12yrs and under, there is the 1K Mini Dash, starting in Castle Street 11am.
The Radio City’s Cash for Kids, Everton in the Community and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice are the three official charities for this years Liverpool Santa Dash 2016.
With more than 5,000 Santa’s already registered on http://www.btrliverpool.com, it really looks like making another massive international hit again this year.
Liverpool and Wirral’s brand new fireworks event, River of Light, takes place on Saturday 5 November.
There’s nothing that welcomes the return of Autumn like firework night in Liverpool, so say “pish!” to dark nights, grab your warm coat and your big scarf and get ready for this one. It’s fair to say we’re very, very excited about this brand new event!
The running order of the evening is as follows:
- 4pm – Build up begins with Bring The Fire street entertainment at Albert Dock Salthouse Quay, Mann Island, Princes Parade and Hamilton Square/Woodside Ferry Terminal in Wirral.
- 5.30pm to approx. 6.15pm – Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, a group of world renowned drummers will parade from Liverpool Town Hall in a spectacular fusion of percussion and pyrotechnics.
- 6.30pm – Mid-River fireworks display begins.
- 6.50pm – Show ends.