Santa slides in to share some Christmas joy

Kids Christmas at the Tannum Sands Hotel – Ethan Spooner, 5, and Bethany Spooner, 9, did not expect Santa to join them on the big slide!
Kids Christmas at the Tannum Sands Hotel – Ethan Spooner, 5, and Bethany Spooner, 9, did not expect Santa to join them on the big slide! Mike Richards GLATPXM

HE didn't arrive by sleigh, or down the chimney,

Santa's helper arrived to the Tannum Sands Hotel on Saturday on a large Triumph motorbike.

Dozens of kids and families gathered in the beer garden on Saturday afternoon to welcome the jolly man in red and be a part of the $2500 mega toy raffle and children's disco.

Perhaps one of the most traditionally Christmas families in town, the Warrys, had double the joy to celebrate on the day.

Mother Venita Warry showed off three-week- old Carter Wayne to friends while her father was the surprise Santa's helper.

"The funny thing is, we had no idea he was going to be doing this today.

"We were just as shocked as the kids," she said. "It's the best Christmas gift though, having your family all so involved with the Chrissy spirit. As the years go on you sort of loose sigh of the Christmas meaning but a newborn baby in the family brings it all back."

Sophie Charles, 2, and her mother Jessica Charles enjoyed meeting Santa.
Sophie Charles, 2, and her mother Jessica Charles enjoyed meeting Santa.

 

For Bethany and Ethan Spooner, taking a ride down the inflatable slide with Santa was a highlight.

"He even went down with his sack of lollies, that was a cool Santa," they said.

Mother Melissa said Christmas is such a big deal for them that there was no way they would let the kids miss out on the festive activities.

"The Tannum Sands Hotel is a regular spot for us living across the road but when we saw that they were having a Santa appearance and heaps of prizes in the raffle we had to come," she said.

Forty prizes ranging from Pogo sticks to bicycles, swimming pools and PlayStations were up for grabs in the bingo-style raffle.

 

Keira Furness, 5, and Luke Furness, 4, enjoyed meeting Santa.
Keira Furness, 5, and Luke Furness, 4, enjoyed meeting Santa.


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