Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

IF you think putting up the Christ­mas tree is a big task, spare a thought for Santa’s Mag­i­cal King­dom pro­ducer Keith Brown, whose suc­cess­ful Christ­mas ex­trav­a­ganza is open­ing in Perth on De­cem­ber 2.

The event has sold out in Melbourne for the last four years since it be­gan and now a se­cond show in Perth will mean dou­ble the Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing.

Pre­sented by Show­time At­trac­tions, Unique At­trac­tions and FJF Amuse­ments, Santa’s Mag­i­cal King­dom is the re­sult of di­rec­tors Brown, Tony Gasser and Jamie Pick­ett de­cid­ing to take their 23 years of ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing Santa vil­lages and present fes­tive fun on a much big­ger scale for the whole fam­ily.

The three-hour ses­sions in­clude walk­ing through a win­ter won­der­land with fall­ing snow and ice skat­ing, a Christ­mas Craft vil­lage, sto­ry­telling with Mrs Claus, amuse­ment rides and Gingerbread Land, where you can dec­o­rate a gingerbread man.

“In Melbourne last year alone, we went through just un­der 50,000 fresh gin­ger­breads,” Brown said.

“Not many peo­ple leave with gingerbread still in their hands.”

There is also a 40minute In­ter­na­tional Cir­cus Christ­mas Show, thanks to Gasser’s fam­ily back­ground in the Swiss cir­cus in­dus­try, which in­cludes Brazil­ian mo­tor­bike rid­ers, a hula hoop act, trapeze artist, fairies and the jolly man him­self, Santa.

Brown said he wanted to bring Santa’s Mag­i­cal King­dom to Perth in pre­vi­ous years but the lo­gis­tics were only pos­si­ble now thanks to the newly con­structed multi-pur­pose Crown Pyra­mid, which was cus­tom-de­signed by Gasser.

Tanya MacNaughton

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