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America's biggest shopping mall hires its first black Santa Claus

The largest shopping mall in the US is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this weekend.

The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis hired Larry Jefferson to play Kris Kringle as part of its Santa Experience.

Santa Experience co-owner Landon Luther said the mall wants Santa "to be for everyone".

He said he launched a nationwide search for a diverse Santa and found Mr Jefferson at a Santa convention in Branson, Missouri, over the summer. He was the only black Santa among the 1,000 in attendance.

Mr Jefferson said the gig is "no big deal", adding: "I'm still Santa, I just happen to be a Santa of colour."

He will return home to play Santa in the Dallas area after Sunday.

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