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Santa students suit up to learn old Saint Nick's tricks
Department store hires attend classes to become professional Santas ahead of the holiday shopping season at London's Santa School.
Performers dressed as Santa Claus stand in a line at the Ministry of Fun Santa School in London on Nov. 16, 2017.
The Ministry of Fun Santa School is Britain's only genuine training school for professional Santas, preparing a dozen trainee Father Christmases before heading out to Britain's department stores, tourist landmarks and private parties for the festive season.
Instructor James Lovell, right, teaches student Santas how to laugh like Father Christmas.
According to AFP, Lovell said being a good Santa is about training, not improvisation. "It is a big deal. Children are coming to meet him because he is a special person," he said.