Our big ol’ Santa is definitely a yuletide staple. If you’re looking for him to add to your home, head to Christmas Factory in Sampaloc, Manila where you’ll find Santa Claus in all shapes and sizes!
I drive by their store often and it never fails to catch my eye due to this HUGE Santa greeting cars and passersby.
17ft Santa outside the store
There are actually three materials used in making their Santas- paper mache, resin and fiber glass. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of each:
Santa made of Paper Mache – P350
Paper Mache is affordable. However, since it’s made of paper, it can only be placed indoors. It will be ruined if it gets wet and its life span is no more than 3 years.
Santa made of Resin – P500
I found the resin Santa a bit heavy, probably weighs a few kilos. It is more expensive than paper mache but cheaper than fiber glass. You can put this outdoor as rain would not ruin or damage the paint. Just be careful in handling it because if you drop this, you might lose Santa’s arm or leg.
Santa made of Fiber Glass – P850
Fiber Glass is the sturdiest among the three. If you accidentally drop it, the most damage it would cause is a crack. Christmas Factory even offers a lifetime warranty for all their fiber glass items. With good quality, of course, comes a steeper price.
Me w/ owners Tony Boy and Jo
Christmas Factory is open to the public only during September to December. The rest of the year, they are dedicated to exporting their products to Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Africa.
Overall, if you are low in budget, the paper mache one would do. But if you have money to splurge, go for the fiber glass one, it would literally last you a lifetime and you’d save more money in the long run. Take note, all items are handmade! Imagine the time, energy and love spent on each. 🙂
Value for money: 5 out of 5 stars
565 A.H. Lacson Street, Sampaloc, Manila