Snow al­ways in sea­son

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Event - Tanya MacNaughton

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 40-minute 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.

“We wanted to come to Perth but it was about hav­ing the right ver­sa­tile venue,” Brown said.

The clear-span ten­sile two peak struc­ture is made from Ital­ian fab­ric at a width of 59m and 105m in length and has the ca­pa­bil­ity to hold up to 5000 peo­ple at con­certs, ex­hi­bi­tions, func­tions, trade shows, pro­duc­tions and dis­plays.

Santa’s Mag­i­cal King­dom will be the in­au­gu­ral event for Crown Pyra­mid.

“It’s about bring­ing the magic of Christ­mas to life,” Brown said.

“How many chil­dren in Perth usu­ally have the chance to see snow in the mid­dle of sum­mer?”

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