Santa comes to Jindalee

Michael Cramer taking 13-week-old Levi to visit Santa in his sleigh at Jindalee. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Michael Cramer taking 13-week-old Levi to visit Santa in his sleigh at Jindalee. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

EXCITEMENT builds on the corner of Burrendah St, Jindalee, with the promise of Santa appearing at any moment.

Children and their parents gather, wearing festive clothes and eager smiles.

Suddenly the faint sound of sleigh bells, Christmas music and 'ho, ho, ho' echoes from down the street.

"It's Santa," a chorus of excited, young voices cheer as jolly Ol' Saint Nick's bright, red sleigh comes into view.

Continuing a 33-year tradition, Santa and sleigh are again spreading festive joy throughout the Centenary suburbs.

The key figure in a popular festive celebration for many families, Santa travels each Tuesday to Thursday afternoon for three weeks in the lead up to Christmas

Not missing an opportunity to speak with Santa, Alyssa Hayman was among the kids who met Saint Nick when he made a pit stop in Jindalee last Tuesday.

The six-year-old, who said she had been good all year, visited Santa with her mother Susan and older brother Rhys.

"I spoke with Santa and asked him for a Polly Pocket Colour Change Makeover Salon playset," she said with a smile.

The sleigh visits more than 5000 homes in south-west Brisbane each year, as well as schools, Canossa Hospital and carol events.

One of the key organisers of the event, Eric Kozij, has been a part of the project for almost 30 years and even built Santa's sleigh.

The Mt Ommaney resident said the project was started by the Apex Club in Jindalee as a national project to raise money at Christmas time.

"But when the club folded in 2006, Centenary Community Connections took over the reins to continue the tradition," he said.

"Each year it keeps getting bigger and bigger...for instance when we travel through Windermere we normally see around 250 kids."

During Santa's visits, volunteers will also collect donations to benefit the Rotary Club of Jindalee's Tree of Joy project.



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