Mildura City Heart is gearing up for a Christmas celebration like no other, complete with Santa, his list and a herd of reindeer.

Each year, Mildura City Heart hosts Santa for photos with children and to hear their wishes.

While the COVID-19 pandemic created some uncertainty over whether Santa could make it, Mildura City Heart manager Danielle Hobbs said not only was the man himself going to visit, but so were his reindeer.

Santa’s Reindeer Training Academy will arrive in Langtree Mall on Friday, November 27, ready for the young and young-at-heart to help prepare the reindeer for their biggest day of the year – Christmas Eve.

“The herd of reindeer enjoy being ridden by children of all ages – toddlers to teens, parents to grandparents,” Ms Hobbs said.

This year will be the first time Santa’s Reindeer Training Academy will visit Mildura City Heart, where its herd of ride-on “reindeer” will be put through their paces.

Santa will arrive in Langtree Mall on Saturday, November 28, where he will need help making his list and checking it twice.

Children can visit Santa and share their Christmas wishes to be recorded on the list, while parents and carers are able to take their own photos of children talking with him.

“It will be a COVID-Safe Christmas, with social distancing, QR code sign in, adults in masks and temperature checks, so we keep Santa safe and able to deliver on Christmas Eve,” Ms Hobbs said.

She said this year had presented many challenges to the precinct’s retailers and community, but highlighted the importance of adapting to those changing circumstances and challenges.

“This is just one way we’ve been able to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, while making sure we can keep the magic of Christmas alive for our community,” she said.

“These events and activities not only bring people together to celebrate, but they bring people into our shopping precinct, where they can shop local and support their own community.

“After the year we’ve had, shopping local has never been more important.”

Diary dates:

  • Santa’s Reindeer Training Academy arrives at 62 Langtree Mall, November 27
  • Santa arrives at 62 Langtree Mall, 11am November 28
  • See Mildura City Heart Facebook events for more details, days and times