IF your trip to Manchester Christmas Markets hasn't quite been the same without a picture in front of a giant light-up Santa then fear not.

The giant Father Christmas, affectionately known as Zippy, has been at the centre of many yuletide selfies after overlooking the Christmas Market in Manchester for more than a decade. 

But earlier this year it was announced a new festive favourite would be replacing him. 

The new Santa with a moustache stands at 12 metres tall and was unveilled sitting on a gift-wrapped present in Piccadilly Gardens.

The original Zippy has been moved to sit outside the Kellogg's factory at Trafford Park while work takes place at Manchester Town Hall.