Santa and Mrs Claus make Gympie a priority on publicity tour
SANTA and Mrs Claus have made Gympie a major priority this Christmas and are set to be the celebrity attractions at the Mary Christmas celebrations, over the next two Monday evenings.
The Christmas couple will arrive via horsedrawn coach before meandering the length of Mary Street, handing out lollies to all the good little boys and girls and spreading goodwill and Christmas cheer to all they meet.
Santa and Mrs Claus are in Gympie for an extended period at the moment and you can meet them between 11am and 4pm in Target in Goldfields Plaza, where Mrs Claus will take your photo with Santa for free.
And they aren't the only people excited about the Mary Christmas nights coming up.
Tony Goodman and the Mary St Traders are all ready to welcome thousands of locals and shoppers to the celebrations.
The horse-drawn coach will be taking people for rides the length of Mary Street.
There will be wine and cheese tasting and 40 stores and cafes open along Mary St, so you can grab a last minute bargain or finish your Christmas shopping either there or at one of the many local produce stalls dotted the length of the street.
There will be plenty to see and do too, with roving carolers and street performers adding to the festive feel, screenings of Heart of Gold short films and a Santa Cave at the Red Cross Shop where some of Santa's personal assistants will have a present for the kids, candy canes and a North Pole Letterbox to get your last minute wishes in, if you miss the big guy in person.
Santa said after he does his deliveries for Christmas he and Mrs Claus will head back to the North Pole to start the elves on the production of new toys for next Christmas.
He had one last thing to say before he and Mrs Claus were whisked off to their next public engagement.
"Ho, ho, ho and Merry Christmas," he said.