Beaudesert Santa geared up and ready to greet children at Elysium Village

ALL READY: Beaudesert Santa is looking forward to meeting local children at Elysium Village. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

ALL READY: Beaudesert Santa is looking forward to meeting local children at Elysium Village. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT'S own Santa, Keith Reinke is looking forward to greeting local families at the Elysium Village Christmas Extravaganza next week.

Mr Reinke is best known to local children for his Santa Claus duties, sitting at the front of his unit awaiting the young families who visit the village to explore the light show and handing out presents to every child.

Assisted by his wife Gail, Mr Reinke said he would be out every night from December 1 until Christmas.

Although Mrs Reinke said this might be the final year for the couples' involvement in festivities, Mr Reinke said he still had a fair few Christmases left in him.

"Santa never stops," he said.

"I hope the children come to see me and my message to them is keep on being good."

Mrs Reinke said she and Santa had been sorting and wrapping Christmas presents since June, with up to 5000 now ready to give away.

The presents were donated by residents at Elysium Village and the wider community as well as Mitre 10, Woolies, Coles, Spar and AJ Bush.

"Before COVID came we had a lovely lady bring her grandchildren to see the lights and she asked Santa if he needed some extra stock," Mrs Reinke said.

"Within a week she was back with colouring pencils and story books for us.

"We reckon in the two years before COVID we gave out about 8000 presents and I wouldn't be surprised if we did the same again this year."

Santa said he was hoping people would donate more cuddly toys and colouring books for his sack this year.

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