As Santa prepares
for another busy
Christmas he took
a break from the
workshop for a rare
| BNE November/December 2016
Any unusual requests?
I have been asked for unicorns and occasionally
I am asked by children for an elf to help do their
chores. Animals are quite popular – from puppies
and pussycats to ponies. They can be quite hard to
deliver. Sadly, sometimes I am asked to bring back
a family member who has passed away, or a parent
who has been separated from the family because
the child misses them. Those requests bring a tear
to my eyes every time.
You have sent out many presents over the
years, any tips for where the rest of us might
find some great Christmas shopping?
Mrs Claus likes making things so she loves
fossicking around markets such as the Riverside
markets in the City Botanic Gardens every
Sunday and, of course, the Christmas Markets
at South Bank where many craft people show off
their wares for sale. Mrs Claus says she can find
anything for anyone there, no matter how quirky
– I don’t like to give away her secrets but she
finds most of the gifts for our own family there!
I am more traditional and love wooden toys like
the ones my ancestors used to give out many
years ago, or the educational and eco-friendly
toys you can still find in stores such as biome or
Knock On Wood at Sinnamon Park.
hat’s your favourite Christmas
event in Brisbane?
There are so many great events all over South-
East Queensland at Christmas but some of
the best for me are lighting the Christmas
tree in King George Square, the Lord Mayor’s
Christmas Carols on the Riverstage in the City
Botanic Gardens and Mrs Claus is a big fan of
the Christmas Markets at South Bank.
Where can people find you this year?
I will be at South Bank’s Christmas Market
from 16 to 23 December and Mrs Claus and
our chief Elf will join me on 16, 17, 22 and
23 December, then I will be making a side trip
to Dolphins Leagues Club, Redcliffe on 18
What’s the most common thing children
Lego and Barbie are still popular requests
from the under 5s but after that age electronic
devices are the top pick for both boys and girls.
A couple of Christmases ago the iPhone 6 was
on top of a lot of lists because it was quite new
but many of the younger boys and girls still ask
for trucks and dolls or scooters and dress-up
Photography, main image, by Eric Wang