A Liverpool mum has set up a Christmas grotto in her front garden and it comes complete with a direct line to Santa in the form of a postbox where kids can write to the man himself and get a reply.

Aimee McKenna, from Norris Green, has turned the outside of her house into a winter wonderland with festive characters including a snowman and Father Christmas stuck in the chimney with a sack of toys surrounding a Christmas tree on her front lawn.

She has even got an inflatable 7ft gingerbread man and a 7ft Santa sat on his throne, plus a candy cane archway and Santa on his sleigh being pulled by his reindeer on the roof of her porch.

There's even a snow machine on the way which will add to the display.

Aimee McKenna's daughter Tilly in front of the Snata post box

The 28-year-old, who is currently on maternity leave, told the ECHO: "It all started at Halloween. We started to decorate the house and my little girl Tilly Jane, who turned one in November, absolutely loved it.

"We had all these Halloween props but she wasn't scared at all. We had a 6ft clown and a mannequin and she would kiss them goodnight.

"Then the kids in the street started coming around to look at the house and started asking if we were going to do anything for Christmas. One thing led to another and I keep adding more decorations and our snow machine arrived this morning.

"I just wanted to spread some Christmas cheer and I've also got festive music sung by the Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie blasting out which the kids love, but maybe not all the neighbours."

It was also the children on her street that inspired Aimee to offer her own Santa postal service.

She said: "I've got a postbox outside too and the kids were asking about it, so I told them' if you post a letter you might get one back from Santa'. So I am now writing Santa letters back to children if they leave a return address, with a magic coin and snow included."

Aimee, who moved into her home on Porchester Road with her partner Ryan Devine a year ago, put out her idea on social media and has already had more than a dozen people message her asking for her address so they can come and see the house and post a letter.

The young mum, who works as a cleaner at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, said she's all prepared.

She added: "I've been out an bought extra stamps and I've already started replying to letters in the evening after I've put Tilly to bed. People are asking 'are you doing this for charity?' but I'm doing it purely because I love doing it and making kids happy."