Can you fill Santa’s shoes?

There are less than six months to go until we open our Christmas grotto and we’re wondering if you can fill Santa’s shoes?

We’re launching a summer search for Santa to join our hugely popular festive grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle, which last year saw record-breaking attendance.

DZG Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re looking for a friendly Father Christmas who can deliver a magical experience to all our visitors.

“Last year we welcomed 15,206 people during its three-week opening, which was our best grotto ever, so we need jolly applicants, who can work with a team of elves and enjoy meeting lots of excited young children!”

Interested Santas should apply via email, including a CV to or in writing to Dudley Zoological Gardens, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4QF, before June 30.

The grotto will open on December 1 until Christmas Eve and applicants must be available to work weekends when the grotto is particularly busy.