Santa School opens to new batch of Father Christmases

Future Father Christmases have been put through their paces at the 23rd annual Santa School.

Father Christmas performers in a classroom during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral
Father Christmas performers in a classroom during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral

The annual event, hosted by the Ministry Of Fun at Southwark Cathedral, teaches performers how to be the perfect Father Christmas and covers a range of Santa subjects.

A Father Christmas performer talks to an Elf
A Father Christmas performer talks to an Elf

Pupils at the school are taught how to wish children a happy Christmas in a variety of languages as well as getting a crash course on the most popular toys of the year.

Father Christmas performers in a classroom during the 23rd annual Santa School
Father Christmas performers in a classroom during the 23rd annual Santa School

There is also a lesson in the history of Santa and tips on how to embody the most festive of roles.

Santa school at Southwark Cathedral
Santa school at Southwark Cathedral

The actors on the course go through roleplay scenarios so they are ready to answer queries from children they meet while making public appearances.

Father Christmas performers during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral
Father Christmas performers during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral

In the past, Santas who have graduated from the school have gone on to make appearances at locations including Harrods, Selfridges and Legoland.