24 November 2022

Wagga locks in Santa and Mrs Claus for the annual Christmas trail

| Chris Roe
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Mayor and Santa

Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout and event officer Emma Corbett announce a special VIP guest for Christmas. Photo: Chris Roe.

In something of a coup for the Riverina, Wagga City Council has locked in two very special guests to spread some good cheer in the lead-up to Christmas.

A portly gentleman in a red suit, his wife and an assortment of helpers will be hitting the streets for the annual Christmas trail.

“Santa and Mrs Claus will be visiting four locations around our suburbs and villages to celebrate Christmas and meet all of the well-behaved children here in Wagga Wagga,” events officer Emma Corbett said.

“There’ll be a range of free activities for families to get involved with at each of the locations including Christmas ornament making, cookie decorating – we’ll also have carollers and bubble play.”

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When pressed about how Wagga City Council was able to secure such high-profile VIPs on the eve of their annual world tour, Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout agreed that it was something of a coup.

“Oh it is, it took a lot of booking ahead!” he said with a wink.

“It’s just really exciting for not just kids, but for families to feel part of the community and that not everything happens in the CBD and to actually get things into villages and or suburbs.”

Mr and Mrs Claus will kick off their tour on Monday 5 December at Gobbagombalin, before hitting the Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, Chambers Park in Tolland on Wednesday and finally Paddy Osborne Park in Tarcutta on Thursday.

The Wagga Rugby Men’s Choir have been brushing up on their Christmas repertoire and will provide a cappella accompaniment.

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Cr Tout said is was a great chance for the community to get into the festive spirit after a couple of years of COVID-19 and a sodden few months.

“The Santa trail coming back is a really fantastic thing and it’s exciting to see it’s on in the first week of December from 4 to 5 each day and it’d be great just to see children to be able to come out and visit Mr and Mrs Claus,” he said.

“It’ll be a really enjoyable activity and I encourage everyone to get out, come and see it and enjoy it.

“To me it’s all about family and enjoying what we have, especially coming out of COVID, enjoying what we have as a community or as a family.”

Families coming down to see the motorcade are encouraged to bring their jingle bells and Christmas gear.

The Santa on Tour Trail is all part of a program of community events, including the city’s Christmas decorations and the ‘Light the Lake’ New Year’s Eve community celebrations.

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