Skip to content

Stan’s Secret Santa

5 Dec 2023 -8 Dec 2023

Tuesday 5 December

Wednesday 6 December

Thursday 7 December

Friday 8 December

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Drop in during opening hours to donate gifts

Stanta Claus is coming back to town!

Our beloved T. rex Stan is ready to put his hat on once again this year, and deliver festive gifts to people experiencing homelessness and poverty across Manchester.

Stan’s Secret Santa is our Christmas gift appeal and we’ll be collecting gifts and food to donate to Manchester-based charities Barnabus and Mustard Tree between Tuesday 5 December and Friday 8 December.

So we’d love it if you were able to head down to the Museum and deliver donations to Stan and his team of elves during opening hours throughout the four days. And of course, you can take a selfie with Stanta while you’re here.

We’re looking for donations of new, unwrapped Christmas gifts and new, non-perishable Christmas food items, including chocolate selection boxes, boxed biscuits, sweets and hot chocolate, as well as wrapping paper and Christmas cards. All gifts will be gathered by Stanta’s elves at the end of the appeal and passed to Barnabus and Mustard Tree to help bring a little joy to people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

The full list of desired donation items is below. But if you’re unable to come along and make a donation in person you can support these wonderful Manchester charities by donating via the Barnabus website or the Mustard Tree website and marking donations as ‘Stan’s Secret Santa’.


  • Festive cakes (Christmas cake slices, mince pies)
  • Chocolates (350g boxes or tubs)
  • Chocolate Santas
  • Biscuits
  • Crisps
  • Pot noodles
  • Porridge pots
  • Cereal/breakfast bars
  • Coffee/tea/sugar
  • Long life milk
  • Pasta/rice
  • Individual bottles of water/juice 


  • Thermal gloves
  • Hoodies/jumpers/coats
  • Jeans/joggers
  • Shoes/trainers/boots
  • New socks
  • New women’s bras and briefs
  • Novelty Christmas socks
  • Santa Hats