Santa Claus comes to town

Hastings Leader - - News - BY HASTINGS BUSI­NESS AS­SO­CI­A­TION MAN­AGER, KELLY NOLAN

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.

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