Meet Santa and Enjoy the Christmas Cheer At The Gap Village

The Christmas season has arrived and is in full swing at The Gap Village Shopping Centre. With a series of delightful events lined up and FREE Kids Club activities, families are in for a treat!

Meet Santa

Meet Santa the Gap
Photo Credit: The Gap Village Shopping Centre

This Saturday and on two upcoming Saturdays—December 9th and 16th—families have the chance to meet Santa himself. From 10 am to 2 pm, near Aldi, Santa will be available for free photos. No bookings are necessary, ensuring everyone gets an opportunity to capture this magical moment.

Santa’s Village Scavenger Hunt

Photo Credit: The Gap Village Shopping Centre

The excitement continues with the Santa’s Village Scavenger Hunt, a thrilling adventure running until December 18th. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet from participating stores and embark on a quest to discover hidden miniature storefronts. Complete the hunt for a chance to win a fantastic prize.


Photo Credit: The Gap Village Shopping Centre

The Gap Village Shopping Centre ensures the little ones are not left out of the festive merriment with an array of Kids Club events.

Gingerbread House Decorating

On Tuesday, December 12th, children aged 4 and above can unleash their creativity by decorating their very own gingerbread houses at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., absolutely FREE!

Christmas Disco Party

On December 19th at 10 a.m., the centre will host a free two-hour disco extravaganza filled with dancing elves, music, and games. Open to children aged 3 and above, it promises to be a blast of holiday fun.

Christmas Bauble Decorating

Drop by on December 20th between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to craft personalised Christmas baubles. A perfect opportunity for children aged 4 and above to add their touch to the tree decorations.

Magic Show

Start the new year with wonder as Super Steph presents an interactive magic show on January 10th, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Suitable for children aged 2 and above, it’s an enchanting way to kick off the New Year.

The Gap Village Shopping Centre is transforming into a hub of holiday cheer, inviting residents to join in the festivities and create cherished memories with family and friends. These diverse events promise something special for everyone, making this holiday season one to remember at The Gap.

Published 2-December-2023

The Gap Keeps 40-Year Santa Sleigh Tradition Flourishing

Santa Claus is coming to The Gap! The jolly old man from the North Pole is, once again, spreading cheer and goodwill around neighbourhoods this Christmas and locals may catch him on his sleigh at designated scheduled stops.

Beginning Saturday, the 7th of Dec 2019, until Friday, the 13th of Dec 2019, residents of The Gap should listen out when Christmas music fills the air from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be the cue that Santa Claus is in town and he’ll be parking his Santa Sleigh in a designated area for 20 minutes. 

Here’s your chance to bring your children to meet Santa Claus face-to-face. Expectedly, Father Christmas will not be visiting empty-handed. He’ll have some handouts for everyone! 

Santa Claus is cruising by the following streets in The Gap on these said nights:

7 Dec
Rivercity Church, Settlement Road (by request)
8 Dec
Creekside at Riaweena St East
9 Dec
Payne Road service road at Kays Road roundabout
10 Dec
Paltarra Street
11 Dec
Wittonga Park, Hilder Road
12 Dec
Donegal Street (Cnr Harward St)
13 Dec
St Peter Chanel School

Photo Credit: Rotary Ashgrove The Gap/Facebook

Let the Santa Sleigh elves know if you’re having a street party so that they can swing by and have your guests mingle with jolly old St. Nick! 

Santa Sleigh has been running for 40 years and it’s organised by Rotary Ashgrove/The Gap.  It’s a laudable effort that brings the community together, as locals and businesses pour their time and resources for free to help Santa complete his annual visits.

Incidentally, Santa needs more helpers to ensure that this tradition continues to be a success. So if you want to experience the spirit of Christmas by spreading goodwill, you can volunteer to become part of Santa Sleigh (and get some exercise as a bonus!).

Contact the Rotary for details.