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Manchester’s Giant Santa Has Arrived – And He Officially Has A Brand New Home

By Laura Rogan

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (at last!)…

Following a short delay of Christmas arriving in Manchester city centre, Santa has finally plonked his bottom on his giant light-up present. And after making his debut in Piccadilly Gardens last year following Zippy’s departure (RIP, Zippy!), the giant light sculpture has found himself a new home.

Parking up outside of Central Library for the festive season, Mancs will be able to snap a selfie with him at St. Peter’s Square until Christmas is over, with a trail of large light sculptures dotted around the city to find.

Credit: Manchester City Council

Residents will be able to discover the sculptures across Piccadilly Gardens, St Peter’s Square and New Cathedral Street, along with the traditional crib in St Ann’s Square and a Christmas tree by the Cathedral – all of which will be installed this week.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “We’ve kept in contact with Santa throughout the year and he was confident that he would be back this year. Afterall, Manchester is his favourite city.

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“Of course, Christmas will be a bit different this year and the safety of people visiting the city must be at the front of our minds.

“But make sure to pay him a visit when you’re in Piccadilly Gardens this festive season – and remember, he’s a fan of selfies. Important information if you want to stay on the good list.”

The lights will be switched on by NHS workers this week as part of a socially-distanced event which will be streamed online only, and for those looking to keep up with Giant Santa, he’s been given his very own Twitter account where he’ll be sharing all of your selfies and reacting to local Christmas news.

Read more: 8 Photos Of Manchester Looking Fabulously Festive This Christmas

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