FIRST VISIT: Seeing Santa for the first time is Jarred Payne, nine months, of Lismore, pictured with his mother Chantel Payne at Lismore Central.
FIRST VISIT: Seeing Santa for the first time is Jarred Payne, nine months, of Lismore, pictured with his mother Chantel Payne at Lismore Central. Jacklyn Wagner

Santa’s making a list

SANTA Claus has descended on Lismore and revealed what gifts are going to be popular with boys and girls this year.

The big man in red has been busy at Lismore Central Shopping Centre taking children's gift requests and said most girls have asked him for Barbie dolls while boys have been keen on toys with higher price tags.

"A lot of the boys want things like remote control helicopters, cars, iPods, phones and all the expensive stuff," he said.

Santa will be at the shopping centre taking gift requests, posing for photographs and handing out "special treats" from 11am-2pm every day until Saturday.

He said kids have reacted to him in "a variety of ways" since he arrived at the shopping centre.

"Some of them are very shy and scared of Santa and afraid to approach him," he said.

"Others want to come up and hug him because they're so pleased to see him - they want to get all the presents, I suppose."

Santa has been wandering from shop to shop in the centre looking for gifts he can give to kids at Christmas.

However as Lismore is much hotter than the North Pole, he said it has been an effort.

"There is a massive temperature difference between here and where I'm from. In a suit like this in Lismore, I think Santa's going to lose a few kilos," he said.



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