Where to spot Manchester’s giant Santa, Christmas tree and light sculptures in 2021

The 40ft light-up Santa is now back on his perch in the city centre as part of a free lights trail.

Giant Santa all lit up in Manchester for Christmas 2021 Credit: MCC

Manchester’s Giant Santa has returned to the city centre this week.

The 2.3 ton light-up Father Christmas was carefully constructed the Central Library in St Peter’s Square on Monday and he’s been lit up with thousands of low-energy LED lights.

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He forms part of a trail of light sculptures in the city centre and even has his own Twitter account for people to share their selfies @MCRSanta.

Giant Santa will be back in St Peter's Square

The light sculptures include:

  • a nativity scene in St Ann’s Square
  • light sculptures including the Manchester bee at Piccadilly Gardens at the Winter Gardens festive attraction
  • a large Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square. 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.

Coun Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson said:“Santa was 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.”