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.

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