Britain faces Santa shortage as boom in grottos sends demands soaring – The Sun

BRITAIN faces a Santa shortage after a boom in grottos sent demand soaring.

Requests for Father Christmases have poured in from shops, malls, theme parks and Winter Wonderland attractions.

The UK’s only Santa training school has alone received 1,000 pleas.

Many places are introducing grottos as an antidote to the General Election, which they fear risks overshadowing the festive season.

James Lovell, founder of the Ministry of Fun Santa School, said: “We have had more requests than ever. Many are places which once had a grotto and are returning to having them.

“Things are all so depressing at the moment. Who wants an election at Christmas? We want to sing carols and go shopping. Let’s be jolly!”

The right Santas tend to be over 35, with a deep voice, not too thin and able to cope with children and their parents.



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Some of the school’s Santas are as old as 80 but tend to work short shifts.

Although there is only one true Santa, he needs others to fill in for him in the grottos.

James added: “We are recruiting like crazy to find enough performers to recreate the magic of the real Santa.”

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