Santa is on his way to Raymond Terrace to kick start the spirit of Christmas

Santa is arriving in style this year. Photo by Angela Hardy Photography
Santa is arriving in style this year. Photo by Angela Hardy Photography


SANTA Claus is coming to town, and he’s arriving in a Bat Mobile.

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MarketPlace Raymond Terrace is bringing Santa to town in spectacular style for a day of fun, festivities and best of all bargains on Sunday 12 November 2017.

This year will be the biggest Santa’s arrival with a Show N Shine car show becoming part of the event.

Batman and Santa will be led by the Irrawang High School Drum Corp and local school and dance groups together with a parade of friends including Bumblebee, Despicable Me 3 characters, Dave, Mel and Gru, as well as MarkeeP, Nutcracker and Rudolph of course.

They will travel down Bourke Street onto the fields and then into MarketPlace.

The day will also pay tribute to the local emergency services such as the Police, NSW Fire & Rescue, Rural Fire Service, NSW SES and local organisations Raymond Terrace Lions, Raymond Terrace Men’s Shed, Orange Sky together withlocal schools and dance groups with all the entertainment set to overflow from MarketPlace and onto the neighbouring field.

MarketPlace Raymond Terrace Centre Manager Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz said there would be something for the whole family, with live music in addition to free activities including dodgem cars, jumping castle, bungee tramps, rock climbing wall and animals from Oakvale Farm.

“Our annual Santa’s Arrival event is always a signal that the Christmas season is here, and it really gets people in the holiday spirit,” she said.

All entry fees to the Show N Shine go directly to the Leukaemia Foundation.

This is a tremendous sign of support from the local car enthusiasts.

And while there’ll be plenty to see and do on the sports field outside, shoppers can jingle all the way inside MarketPlace and get up close and personal with some of your favourite characters, and have your face painted or get creative with Sandwizard.

“It’s also a great day to start your Christmas shopping with a massive One Day Sale by Centre Retailers,” Ms Mulholland-Ruiz said.

“This year’s Santa’s Arrival will be the biggest one yet and I’m looking forward to seeing lots of families come along to enjoy all the FREE festivities and celebrate what the Christmas spirit is all about.”

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By Rachael VAUGHAN

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