CHRISTMAS OFF TO SPECTACULAR START THIS YEAR
SAINT Nick and his little helpers have delivered a sleigh load of Christmas fun to the Sydney Santa Spectacular at Rosehill Gardens this year.
The event — which opens today — features ice skating, tobogganing, a snowball playground and Australia’s only double-decker carousel.
Those who attend are encouraged to bring a gift to put under the 15m-high Christmas tree, so it can be donated to the kids at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Young Emma Simpson, 5, was given a sneak peek at the festival this week and enjoyed an impromptu snow fight with Santa Claus.
Organiser Jade Evans said she wanted to help families caring for sick children over the holidays.
Ms Evans said she knew first hand how hard it could be.
“A few years ago, our son was critically injured and spent months in hospital being cared for and rehabilitated so it’s nice to now be able to give back,” she said. “We know just how it feels and it’s the little things, especially at times like Christmas, that count.”
The event will run until December 27.
Emma Simpson, 5, has a 'snow fight' with Santa. Picture: Toby Zerna