Dad accidentally orders inflatable Santa as tall as his HOUSE

Bad Santa! Dad accidentally orders £100 inflatable Father Christmas decoration from eBay which is as tall as his HOUSE

  • Matty James, 32, believed he purchased a eight foot blow-up Santa from eBay
  • But when the £100 Santa arrived in Southport, Merseyside it was 25ft tall instead
  • Nightclub owner said he left his neighbours in fits of laughter of the giant St Nick

A father has left his neighbours ‘laughing their heads off’ after accidentally ordering a 25ft inflatable Santa.

Matty James, 32, believed he had purchased a eight foot blow-up Father Christmas from eBay –  only for the festive whopper to turn out to be eight metres instead.

 The nightclub owner, from Southport, Merseyside, spent £100 on the inflatable decoration in the hope of sprucing out the outside of his home for the festive season, but was left open-mouthed when the flaccid St Nick was blown up earlier this month.

Matty James, 32, believed he had purchased a eight foot blow-up Father Christmas from eBay – only for the festive whopper to turn out to be eight metres instead

The supersized Santa,  that blocked his living room and bedroom windows, has been temporarily taken down for fear that in may take off in strong winds  – but Matty hopes it’ll be reinstated soon to oversee the rest of the Christmas period.

Matty said: ‘I ordered it a month ago off eBay but didn’t realise it would be massive or as high as my house.

‘I thought it would be about eight feet tall but only realised it was much bigger than that when I laid it all out.

‘I remember thinking it looked weird and then all of a sudden, once I started putting the air in it, it kept growing and growing.

Matty, pictured with his partner Rebecca Flint and son James,  said: ‘I ordered it a month ago off eBay but didn’t realise it would be massive or as high as my house’

‘I did wonder if it was ever going to stop.

‘I’m known in the street for doing wacky things and when the neighbours came out they were all laughing their heads off, everyone was in hysterics.

‘Since it’s gone up, everyone looks at it as they go past.’

Matty said he needed five neighbours to help him tether the huge Santa down with ropes as the wind started to pick up.

The supersized Santa, that blocked his living room and bedroom windows, has been temporarily taken down for fear that in may take off in strong winds – but Matty (pictured with son James) hopes it’ll be reinstated soon to oversee the rest of the Christmas period

He continued: ‘As it started getting bigger and bigger the wind started picking up so I was starting to get a bit scared.

‘It took me and five neighbours to hold it down and stop it taking off – I was nearly flying across Southport with it.’

The giant inflatable had to be taken down on December 8th due to blustery conditions but Matty hopes he’ll soon be reinstated and firmly secured to the house with ropes.


Matty said he needed five neighbours to help him tether the huge Santa down with ropes as the wind started to pick up. He added: ‘I’m known in the street for doing wacky things and when the neighbours came out they were all laughing their heads off, everyone was in hysterics’

When Father Christmas was up, Matty said he had to get used to seeing the giant inflatable’s head and bottom looming at the windows. He is pictured here with friends

Matty said: ‘I took it down on Sunday night because there was a storm and it was very windy.

‘Southport’s near the coast – I didn’t want my house being taken into the sky by this giant Santa.’

When Father Christmas was up, Matty said he had to get used to seeing the giant inflatable’s head and bottom looming at the windows.

Matty said: ‘When I woke up in the morning I looked out and his head would eclipse the window.

‘Downstairs in the front room, when you opened the curtains, there was a big Santa bum in your face.

‘At Halloween I had some inflatable zombies so I thought I’d just do that for Christmas.

‘It’s easy, you just blow it up and it’s done. I just wasn’t expecting it to be massive and as high as my house.’

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