Santa today traded the chilly North Pole for bird’s eye views over sparkling Surfers Paradise, to survey the cityscape, beaches and beyond in an amazing effort to find the best ways to deliver Christmas presents to the children of the Gold Coast.
In town for ‘Christmas in Surfers Paradise’ Santa displayed unwavering dedication to his naughty or nice list as the big man in red took on the Slingshot to take in 360 degree views to map out how to leave his loot come Christmas Eve.
Santa, his elf and carollers then visited the makeshift ‘Surfers North’ pole at the Surfers North tram station where they delighted commuters with some Christmas cheer before heading into Cavill mall where he will be stations until Christmas.
Surfers Paradise Alliance chair Laura Younger said the event had become a wonderful annual tradition for families and visitors to enjoy throughout the twelve days of Christmas.
“‘Christmas in Surfers Paradise’ has grown into one of our most treasured events, drawing thousands of visitors to the precinct to share in the sense of wonder every December as Santa makes his grand entrance in true Aussie style, with a surfboat sleigh pulled by kangaroos,” Ms Younger said.
“We expect this year’s festivities to be the biggest yet, and we are proud to be able to offer a wonderful program of free entertainment for all including the spectacular Carols on the Beach, with performances by some of the biggest stars in the country.
“It is events like this that make Surfers Paradise stand out as a world-class, family-friendly destination, as well as delivering increased business to our valued traders throughout the year,” she said.
G:link spokesperson Campbell Mason said the light rail service was honoured to serve as Santa’s base during his time on the Gold Coast, while providing a punctual and reliable service for visitors to the region during the festive season.
“We expect thousands of residents and visitors to make use of G:link over the holiday period as a safe and convenient way to enjoy the many attractions of Surfers Paradise at this very special time of year,” he said.
“Tram services will operate according to usual timetables throughout the holiday period including on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with increased services to accommodate revellers on New Year’s Eve.”
From Sunday, Santa and his elf helpers have taken up residence in Cavill Mall posing for FREE family photos between 12pm and 3pm, and 4pm and 7pm*, while children can also express post their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole.
Roving entertainers including the Acrobatic Elves and cheerful carollers will delight crowds with their impressive antics daily, while merry decorations including oversized presents and large summer-themed Santa statues enhance the holiday spirit.
The magic stretches past sunset each evening, as a magnificent display of twinkling Christmas lights lend a special glow to balmy summer nights, providing the perfect backdrop for visitors to enjoy all the entertainment and excitement on offer in Surfers Paradise.
For a full schedule of Surfers Paradise Christmas events head to the Surfers Paradise Alliance website www.surfersparadise.com
*Note: Sunday 20 December, Santa photos only available from 12pm – 3pm*