04/10/2012 13:03 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Bumbling Father Christmas Disappoints Children By Losing His Beard In Awkward Abseiling Appearance

A disastrous visit from Father Christmas has become a hit online.

Santa was supposed to be putting a smile on lots of children's faces by whizzing down a
a rope into a shopping mall in America.

But it all went a bit pear-shaped when the poor man got his beard caught on the way down, losing the beard and his hat in the process.

With his enthusiastic elf at the top of the rope shouting encouragement, and the confused children at the bottom bursting into a chorus of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Santa floundered around looking like he was in need of a rather large sherry....

His comedy efforts have been viewed over 30,000 times online.

We would hate to see him take on a chimney...

If this made you laugh, you're going to love our awkward Christmas photos below...