Santa Claus comes to town
This is it people. The final push to Christmas is on. It’s almost December and Santa has come early to Hastings. As all my friends can tell you Christmas turns me into a giddy, singing happy fool and the thing I love the most is seeing the look on a child’s face the first time he sees Santa.
The Hastings Santa’s Wonderland is the place to make the magic happen. Open on Thursday, November 29, back in the city mall area the wonderland is a forest of more than 150 Christmas trees, bears and decorations leading to Santa’s throne. Kids can come and meet Santa and give him their lists and Mum and Dad can grab a few pictures too. The Wonderland is free but if you can we would love a donation of food or coins for the Hastings Food Bank. The Wonderland is open from 10am to 3.30pm pm Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours over the week of December 18 and super special late hours during the Christmas Night Market on November 29 and December 20.
There are play areas for the kids this year and the elves have been working hard and have extended last years’ magical Lego Christmas display. Last year Santa met more than 13,000 children and he is expecting even more this year, so make it an outing for the whole family. He even has a photo frame to get a picture for your holiday greeting. Bring your cameras or phones for pictures and make family memories that last a lifetime. This year we are introducing a special hour set aside for people with sensitivity to bright or flashing lights and loud music. If you are affected, please join us on Wednesday mornings between 9-10am.