Welwyn Garden City’s very own Father Christmas returns

PUBLISHED: 14:06 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:19 06 December 2017

Mac Mccaig, AKA Father Christmas

Mac Mccaig, AKA Father Christmas


A Welwyn Garden City lookalike of Santa Claus, who pretends he is ‘on holiday’ when he bumps into children the rest of the year, is returning this year to offer his services for free.

Mac Mccaig, 66, of Panshanger, became Santa Claus four years ago while working on his allotment after a headteacher, who was also sorting her allotment, asked if he would pretend to be Santa at her school.

The retired former John Lewis driver hired out a Father Christmas suit and before he knew it, by word of mouth alone he had taken on the role of Welwyn Garden City’s Santa Claus.

Mac said: “I have no children, I always wanted them but I never had the chance so I just like to see and make the kids happy.

“I like to bring a little cheer and a little boost into the world.

“I always go the extra mile for people.”

Mac attends school fairs, church fetes, charity events and even people’s homes or parties as Santa Claus - and does it all free of charge.

Mac said: “I ask them what they want for Christmas and I have a little joke with them.

“One kid asked for a tablet so I asked him if he had a headache, I played dumb and acted like I didn’t know it was a computer.

“I act with it and I love seeing how happy it makes the children, they truly believe I am Santa.”

It’s not only during December that the former Parcel Force employee pretends to be Santa, with a trip to the Howard Centre often ending in him meeting one of his little fans.

Mac stays in character and pretends that he (Santa Claus) is on holiday and is starting his Christmas shopping early because he has so many children to get presents for.

Mac will be at the Two Willows in Howardsgate on Saturday, December 9, from 11am pretending to be Santa while having breakfast with children.

The breakfast, which will also include art and craft activities, costs £3.25 and includes a little gift for the youngsters.

For more information, contact Mac on 01707 892132 or macmccaig15@gmail.com

To book or for more information regarding the breakfast with Santa call the Two Willows.

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