Exclusive Santa interview: ‘That’s the problem with the dream world - it’s not all candyfloss and fairies’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:59 15 December 2014

Santa in his grotto at the Kenneth Moore Theatre

Santa in his grotto at the Kenneth Moore Theatre


Santa Claus this week revealed he relaxes after the Christmas rush by holidaying in Australia with the Easter Bunny.

In a wide-ranging and exclusive interview with the Recorder from his grotto at the Kenneth More Theatre, Father Christmas divulged some of the tricks of his trade and said his favourite part of the job was receiving letters of thanks from grateful children.

He said now was a “very busy” time of year but come Boxing Day he would be flying out to the other side of the world for a bit of down time.

“Me and Mrs Claus jet off to Australia. The Easter Bunny winters out there so we spend a bit of time with him. We go back a long way.

“I keep him company because he and the tooth fairy fell out a few years ago. She thought it was unfair he got so much time off while she works all year round.

“That’s the problem with the dream world – it’s not all candyfloss and fairies.”

Mr Claus added he was “delighted” to be back at the KMT, where he also visited last year.

“It holds a very special place in my heart,” he gushed.

Popular presents this year include Xbox Ones and tablets, he said, and some children still ask for Furbies, an electronic toy craze sparked in the late 90s. But Santa is clear he cannot always met requests.

“If they want a little brother or sister I have to explain I can’t get them that.

“They still ask for pets sometimes, but I had to stop transporting livestock back in the 70s.

“There was not enough room on the sleigh any more, with the population boom.”

Elves alone are also no longer enough, Santa revealed, and this year he has had to recruit a British mechanical engineer to help with gift production.

He added: “I wish all your readers a very merry Christmas – and a very happy new year.”

You can visit Santa at his grotto every day between now and Christmas. Tickets are £5 and there’s no need to book. Visit Kenneth More Theatre’s website for opening times.

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