Media Release: St John’s Santa ventures online

ST John’s Shopping Centre, Perth, has come up with a novel way for parents to beat the queues this Christmas with the launch of their online booking system for visits to Santa’s Grotto.

The grotto, which opened on Saturday 21st November, attracts thousands of visitors over the six-week retailing period in the run up to Christmas. However, for many parents, spending time in queues with young children can be stressful and so the shopping centre believes it has come up with the ideal solution: Book to see Santa online and you get to jump right to the front of the queue when you arrive at the grotto.

Santa, who opened his grotto on Saturday and welcomed over 275 children over the weekend, commented: “So many things are happening online nowadays and, while it can’t replace the personal touch completely, it can certainly make things easier for the little boys and girls, and their mummies and daddies, who come to visit me.

“It’s particularly useful for any children who find waiting difficult, or who may have special needs. Jumping right to the front of the queue is a way of making their visit extra special.”

Santa’s grotto is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm to welcome little boys and girls, and hear their Christmas wishes.

Siobhan McConnell, St John’s Shopping Centre manager, added: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this service to visitors. As a parent, I know that time is precious and that waiting for any length of time can be fraught with challenges. Anything that simplifies this process is a welcome addition to our offering and we’d encourage visitors to book ahead to get the time of their choosing, and enjoy a relaxed visit to Santa’s cosy living room grotto this year.”

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