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Santa School opens to new batch of Father Christmases

The performers are taught how to wish children a happy Christmas in a variety of languages as well as getting tips on how to inhabit the role.

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Father Christmas performers during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Father Christmas performers during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Father Christmas performers during the 23rd annual Santa School at Southwark Cathedral in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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

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Future Santas are given a broad education (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Future Santas are given a broad education (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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Future Santas are given a broad education (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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.

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Performers are given the chance to roleplay interactions with children (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Performers are given the chance to roleplay interactions with children (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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Performers are given the chance to roleplay interactions with children (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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.

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(Kirsty O’Connor/PA)The annual event this year was held at Southwark Cathedral

(Kirsty O’Connor/PA)The annual event this year was held at Southwark Cathedral

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(Kirsty O’Connor/PA)The annual event this year was held at Southwark Cathedral

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

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The event is now in its 23rd year (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The event is now in its 23rd year (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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The event is now in its 23rd year (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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

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The Santas will go on to provide festive cheer at some well known high street stores (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The Santas will go on to provide festive cheer at some well known high street stores (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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The Santas will go on to provide festive cheer at some well known high street stores (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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

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