The big red man has made his way to Westfield

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Over the weekend, Santa took time out from his busy schedule to pop into all of our centres. And what a turnout we had to welcome him. With plenty of excited kids (and adults for that matter) helping us party from Friday evening all the way through to Sunday, there was no shortage of Christmas wish lists, glitter, balloons, lollies and general craziness.

Seeing the jolly fella was high on the little ones’ to-dos, but there was plenty of dropped jaws at both Alvin and the Chipmunks and Snoopy and Charlie Brown as well. Combine that with a host of singing, dancing, balloon twisting, face painting, and general Christmas crafting, there was plenty of Christmas fun to be had.

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One of Monty’s favourite times of the year

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Monty had been gearing up to see Santa for a while too, and even got in on the action at some centres as Santa’s top elf. As always, he loved catching up with all his WKids friends and sneaking into a fair few photos while he was at it.

Getting involved with the community

We welcomed along a range of groups and acts from our local communities, from StarJam (who support young people with disabilities) and jazz musicians through to carollers and harpists. We also welcomed back our favourite choir, City of Sails Chorus, who over the course of Santa’s Welcoming Party sang in 5 centres for a total of 10 hours, and belted out 58 repeats of “O come, all ye faithful” – it’s tiring just thinking of it.

Westfield Manukau even had Bubblegum, an award-winning dance crew from Parris Goebel – she’s worked with a range of celebrities lately including Justin Beiber and Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards.

Have something else to tell Santa?

Oh, and in case you missed the action, Santa promised he will be in-centre every day until Christmas to hear any final wishes, no matter how big or small the list is, and of course for a wee family snap as well.

Check out a range of photos from across the country below.

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