Santa drops in on kids
Santa is swapping the North Pole for the Redwoods in the run up to this Christmas.
The conference room at the Redwoods iSite and Visitor Centre has been converted into a Santa’s Wonderland which includes Santa’s sleigh - which children can climb aboard.
Rotorua Visitor Centre manager Graham Brownrigg said the Wonderland was an opportunity to give back to the community.
‘‘This exhibit is free for all visitors to enjoy,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of the kids here in Rotorua have never had the opportunity to experience this sort of display or meet Santa in such an idyllic setting.
‘‘We hope that this will help to bring alive the magic of Christmas and can’t wait to see the look of wonder on the children’s faces.’’
An Instagram competition will be running over the duration of Santa’s Wonderland where visitors are able to upload photos in the sleigh.
Tag #Rotoruaisite and go in the draw to win a prize for Christmas (the prize will be drawn Christmas Eve).
A ‘‘write a letter to Santa’’ mailbox will also be on site with the potential for one lucky child to have their letter drawn and win a Santa surprise gift.
Santa himself will be on site most weekends and all week in the lead up to Christmas.