With Manchester’s Zippy Santa still fresh in the memory, the city’s new giant Santa has arrived.
The latest in a long tradition of Giant Santa, this year’s biggest red resident has taken his place on Piccadilly Gardens and his thousands of low energy LED lights have been turned on for the first time.
Clocking in at 12 metres high, the new 2.3tonne Santa isn’t just giant in name and is ready to welcome selfie-loving visitors to the city through the festive season.
He has joined a new trail of large-scale light sculptures that have already been installed across the city in Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, along with a new crib in St Ann’s Square and a huge LED tree by the Cathedral.
This year’s festive scheme is made from biodegradable sugar cane and recycled aluminium, which means they can be completely recycled at the end of their lifespan.
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Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “We are Santa’s favourite city, which is why he chooses to come back year after year…
“It’s fantastic to welcome him to Piccadilly Gardens for the first time as the centre piece to our new Christmas lights trail.
“Visit him in his new home from today - it will make all your Christmas wishes come true.”