BNE November/December 2016 |
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Many people think you live at the
North Pole but I’ve heard a rumour
that you live in Brisbane? Where
My ancestors are from the North Pole
but I grew up in Brisbane and live in
How many children do you think have
visited you over the years at South Bank?
Over the last 30 plus years I have had more than
100,000 children visit me at South Bank and
more than 300,000 in South East Queensland.
Many have visited me every year until they grew
old enough to bring their own children to see
me. I can even remember some of the presents
they asked for. Of course, this is only a fraction
of the children I see all over the world each year.
What’s been one of your most memorable
Talking to all of the children and receiving
a present from some are great pleasures, but
holding a newborn experiencing their first
Christmas or having a parent of a child tell me
that they sat and talked to me when they were a
child are wonderful experiences.
How will you spend Christmas with your
On Christmas Day I will visit the children
having lunch at Jupiters Casino on the Gold
Coast but after that Mrs Claus and I and our
number one Elf will visit other family members
here and interstate – we have two babies having
their first Christmas this year so I’d like to be
there with them even if it is not until Boxing
Day, so Santa will be doing some overtime this
Any favourite spots you like to go?
When we’re not busy working with the elves,
Mrs Claus and I leave the red suits at home
and go to Vito’s Espresso Bar (768 Stafford Rd,
Everton Park in the Woolworths Centre) for a
coffee. Vito and his staff are very friendly and
quick if you need to get a coffee and go, or
you can sit and enjoy a coffee with breakfast or
lunch. The coffee is good – I like a flat white
with an extra shot and Mrs Claus likes her
cappuccino with honey instead of sugar – and
they serve breakfast all day.
What do you like about your neighbourhood?
Everton Park is a fantastic suburb only about
15 minutes from the city and it has many
convenient facilities nearby, including several
shopping centres, easy access to highways that
go north and south and the airport is only 10
minutes away. All these things make it very
central for everything that I do and quite quick
to get wherever I need to go.
What’s your favourite meal to eat out?
Mrs Claus and I both love seafood and we
visit Morgans Seafood at Scarborough (Bird of
Passage Parade) at least once a week to enjoy
the takeaway fresh prawns, crabs and oysters or
hot food from the selection of fish, calamari,
mussels, cuttlefish and prawn cutlets. We eat it
overlooking Deception Bay and sometimes buy
extra prawns to take home.
What’s a favourite way to spend the
weekend after a manic Christmas?
Sometimes we like to spend time on the
Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast relaxing on
the beach, but by then I have swapped my
Santa suit for board shorts and an Hawaiian
shirt. When I was growing up I spent a lot of
Christmases at Dicky Beach and Currimundi
at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. We’d play
for hours in the bush and on the dunes, go
in for lunch then go back out again and play
around the shores of the lake. It’s more built-up
now. Mrs Claus grew up at Kirra on the Gold
Coast so we have enjoyed the best of both.
I like bushwalking and the hinterland, from
Lamington National Park to Mount Tamborine
has many places to enjoy that.