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Published November 29th 2013
Santa Claus is coming to town
Christmas means holiday time, lots of fun with family and friends. But what steals the show are gifts! Regardless of age, all of us have wishlists around Christmas. And who brings those? Of course our most favourite Santa Claus. Myth isn't it? But why grow up? Why not continue thinking Santa exists, a loving roly-poly white-bearded man who will bring us gifts, reward us for our good deeds?
Santa in his sleigh, by Tory
Since centuries, through various legends and stories, Santa has weaved a magical kingdom in every child's heart, which stays there even when the child grows up.
Santa Claus has arisen from various legends. The name comes from a Greek Christian bishop, Saint Nicholas, who was benevolent and often gave gifts to the poor. Sometimes he is associated with God Odin and his ghostly processions through the night sky in winter. While the Dutch believe in Sinterklaas, an elderly person of the state who wore long red and white robes and a red cape.
Santa's believed to have a magical factory near the North Pole, where he has a team of elves, making toys and gifts through the year. If you behave well, you get your gift. If you have been naughty, you don't get yours is the simple rule. Every year, close to Christmas, Santa and his reindeer, come dashing through the snow and deliver gifts to all the nice kids.
Christmas is always associated with winter and snow. Santa too is dressed in warm red clothes and long red cap. And we, in Australia, are on the other side of equator. But does that dampen any of our Christmas enthusiasm? Certainly not. Because, Santa crosses the equator and visits our country too. And Melbourne has made all arrangements to welcome Father Christmas! Read on below to see where all you can meet your legendary Santa.
1. Myer's Santaland The Myer's Christmas Parade last month has already got their Santa in town. Visit Myer's on Bourke street and get your picture clicked. They also have mailboxes where your kids can post letter to Santa and even get a reply from him.
2. Santa's Christmas Spectacular Wonderland fun park in Harbour Town, Docklands will surely take you to North Pole. Enjoy the snowfall, acrobatic mischief of the elves and the fun rides in the park. Santa and his friends will be making visits throughout the day, so you can have some great fun. This event is till 24th December and tickets are selling fast. Visit the site for more details and bookings.
Wonderland funpark, from the website
3. Christmas Square The Federation Square has been renamed to Christmas Square from 29 November as it will be a full time hub for Christmas fun. Children can post letters to Santa and even get a reply. There will be a big tree and even a chance to click photo with Santa.
4. Hire a Santa
Are you planning a kid's party? At the click of the mouse you can get lots of 'Santa Claus providers' for your party. Hire your own Party Claus and give that extra pomp to the kids party.
Christmas tree, by wuhazet
Have a look around the city, which is buzzing with festivity, you might find many shops hosting a 'Click your photo with Santa' event.
In this world of technology and commercialisation, Santa's charm still remains. And that is truly, I guess, a magical spell that none other can cast.