By Molly Taylor
THE 2020 NF McDonnell and Sons Santa’s Boulevard drive-through Christmas display will light up Blue Lake Sports Park and the faces of hundreds of Limestone Coast children tonight and tomorrow.
Replacing the traditional parade format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa’s Boulevard – which was forced to reschedule from last weekend following the state lockdown – will feature thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas music and 15 static floats.
Mount Gambier Rotary Club West president Andy Stott – whose club helps coordinate the arrival of Santa – said Santa’s sleigh had been upgraded this year with a range of new glowing decorations added, courtesy of Mount Gambier City Council.
“We have kitted out his sleigh and have good authority he is on his way and will be joining us on the night,” Mr Stott said.
“We have made our traditional float a lot jazzier this year and we are absolutely sure Santa, his helpers and all the kids are going to love it.
“I am positive Mount Gambier will extend its good old country hospitality to Santa when he arrives and I’m sure the city we be guaranteed a return visit from him next year.”
Mr Stott said a positive aspect of the event’s new format was each car that passed the sleigh was able to have its own personal interaction with Santa.
“We’ll make sure he gives everybody a big wave and hopefully they’ll enjoy their lead up into Christmas, particularly Christmas Day and everything that it brings,” he said.
“I don’t know too many kids who don’t look forward to seeing Father Christmas, so I am absolutely positive they will be very excited to see him.
“The fact there has been a suitable well-around resolution to continue Santa’s exposure to the community is fantastic and I am glad rotary is still able to be a part of it.”
Mr Stott said it was timely to remind the community to act responsibly, follow suitable hygiene measures and maintain social distancing.
Held at the Blue Lake Sports Park tonight and tomorrow from 7pm until 10pm, entry to the event will be via Dohle Road.
Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times.