Santa starts taking Christmas orders

Santa's Cabin now open for business

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013
SANTA TDN
CHARLOTTE CURD

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Santa's Cabin opened today in Centre City. Santa with Mirakle Patene, 3, from New Plymouth.

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Santa Claus has come to town.

Santa's Cabin opened yesterday on the second floor in Centre City and Santa was warming his toes by the fire while some friendly kids kept him company.

"Mrs Claus has taken the sleigh out shopping," he said.

The beautifully decorated cabin impressed 3-year-old Mirakle Patene, of New Plymouth, who paid a visit to tell the jolly fat man what she hoped to find in her Christmas stocking this year.

"Purple earrings please," she said.

"Purple's my favourite colour, thank you Santa."

Santa was so impressed by Mirakle's good manners, he gave her a special activity book to take home.

Stratford Primary School pupil Rose Ford, 5, also visited Santa during a day of Christmas shopping with her mum.

She was very excited about meeting Santa and hoped to get an Angry Birds Star Wars set for Christmas.

"I met Santa last year as well," she said.

Father Christmas had received more than 50 visitors to his New Plymouth cabin by midday yesterday.

It was designed, built and painted by Pauline Harper, who is legally blind, for the fourth year running.

Ms Harper, a Witt Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate, has limited vision in artificial light.

Busy as ever, Santa will also be in his cave on Broadway Stratford from Saturday and his grotto in Hawera's Town Square from Tuesday.

For Santa's business hours, contact Bizlink Hawera on 278 4162 or the Stratford District Council on 765 6099.

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