The Newtown community has a rare chance to meet Santa Claus this Saturday 7 December at Raine & Horne Newtown located on the famed King Street shopping strip.
Raine & Horne Newtown Director Duncan Gordon said usually local families needed to find their way to the big shopping malls in Broadway, Marrickville and the CBD and queue up to talk to the big man in red, but this year Santa is coming to Newtown.
“This is the second year we’ve invited Santa to our office and from our perspective, by allowing time-poor Newtown parents to bring their children and pets to King Street to meet Father Christmas, we’ve done our little bit to make this a merry Christmas,” Mr Gordon said.
“We will also have a photographer on hand to provide families with free snaps with Santa, which is our Christmas gift to the Newtown community, who have supported us for the past 20 years.”
Sources close to Santa said the jolly man in the red suit is delighted by the opportunity to ply his trade on the famous Newtown shopping strip.
“The boss is excited by the opportunity to meet with Newtown, Erskineville and Chippendale families in a local setting rather than a big shopping mall,” Buddy the Elf said.
“This is a great initiative and Duncan, and his business partners Gerard Hill, Michael Harris and their team, are well and truly on Santa’s nice list this year.”
Raine & Horne Executive Chairman Angus Raine said he is delighted Santa has chosen to work with the Newtown team this Christmas, who were also delivering some of the season’s spirit through a Christmas-themed colouring-in competition.
“We have got into the spirit of Christmas this year with a collaboration with Derivan, a leading manufacturer of the finest quality paint products, to produce a colouring-in competition for toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary-school-aged children,” Mr Raine said.
“We have produced three iconic Australian Christmas illustrations featuring a koala in a stocking, a young Aussie surfer scouring the horizon for the perfect wave and Santa sizzling some snags over the typical Aussie barbecue.”