how we loved a grotto at xmas.
Byline: DAWN COLLINSON ECHO Reporter email@example.com dawn.collinson@
CHRISTMAS trends in decorations and celebrations may come and go, but there's one tradition which has been ever present and shows no sign of waning in popularity.
A visit to Santa's grotto is a must for every little boy and girl as the excitement builds towards the big day.
Christmas just wouldn't be the same without queuing up to meet the man himself, whispering present requests in his ear then getting a gift from one of his elf helpers.
Liverpool has had some fabulous grottos over the years - thousands of grown-ups will remember visiting Blacklers and Lewis's as a child to wander through their festive wonderlands.
Now families have the choice of department stores, historic landmarks, garden centres and of course St George's Hall to have an audience with Santa.
Have a look through the Echo's photo archives to see how youngsters have enjoyed grottos in Liverpool past and present ...
SNOOZE TIME: Santa grabs 40 ||winks at Beechley Stables, South Liverpool, December 17, 1993
SNOW BUSINESS: Father Christmas accompanied by Snow White and the seven dwarfs, ready to leave the Albert Dock and make his way | |through the city to take up residence in his grotto at Lewis's department store, November 9, 1991
FROSTY FUN: A mum with her toddler drops in at Clayton Square Shopping Centre, 1991 |
| SO SWEET: Tate and Lyle workers | |Theresa Ware and Gladys Smith meet Father Christmas at the T J Hughes
grotto back in 1958
GOLDEN AGE: The most talked about grotto in Liverpoo l- Blacklers with its giant Santa (above left) and with big queues (above right) |
SANTA'S STARS: Paul, Mark and Steve McGann -| |Christmas 1965 at Santa's grotto in Liverpool
ECHO TED: Our famous mascot joins ||families at Lewis's Grotto - 1988