CHRIST­MAS OFF TO SPEC­TAC­U­LAR START THIS YEAR

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ADELLA BEAINI

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

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