Green Santa Claus settles into his coastal-theme grotto

Green Santa will take up residence at the Rotunda
Green Santa will take up residence at the Rotunda

Scarborough Museums Trust is going green this Christmas, with a traditional Father Christmas at the town’s Rotunda Museum.

The green Father Christmas will find his way into the circular building – despite its lack of chimneys – and take up residence to greet families in his special grotto on Saturdays December 7 and 14.

The grotto will be designed by artist Rachael Boddington, from Whitby’s Glittermoth factory, who said: “I’ve imagined the grotto with a coastal cave twist, harnessing carefully selected lighting and textural elements to restore some old fashioned wonderment into a pre-Christmas treat to see Santa.”

Debbie Seymour, chief executive of Scarborough Museums Trust, said: “We’re quite old-fashioned about these things here at the Trust, so wanted our Father Christmas to be green, not red-and-white.

“It’s believed that he only became red-and-white in the 1930s, when a certain 
American soft drinks 
company represented him that way to tie in with their branding.”

Families with children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto at the Rotunda between 10am and 4pm on both Saturdays.

Entry to the Rotunda is free on both days for both adults and children. Entry to the grotto is £3 per child (including Christmas present).