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Santa is really magical. The big guy in the red suit made a surprising appearance in Tuggeranong town center on Friday morning and the effect was immediate. People waved from their passing cars, a delivery man smiled shyly at him, the children shouted “Santa!” and the old and young took out their phones to take a picture of Saint Nick. The reason for all the excitement is that Santa is really coming to town. Christmas pictures for Christmas are returning to Canberra malls this year – albeit with children who are socially distanced from Santa, rather than sitting on their laps, like last year. It’s just another aspect of Canberra that returns to a certain normality. Non-essential retail reopens in ACT from October 29 with density limits of one person per. Four square meters in the shops. Shopping Center Council of Australia CEO Angus Nardi said it was working with industry and public health agencies to ensure a COVID-safe return to the shops. “We are well prepared to welcome the community back to malls as lockdowns take off and shoppers and retailers get ready for Christmas. Our industry wants to reassure the community that their health, well-being and safety remain our top priority,” he said. “We want to make sure that the much-loved tradition of Christmas pictures is staged in a COVID-safe way so that this wonderful family tradition can continue in 2021.” In Canberra, Scene to Believe is taking online booking of Santa pictures at local malls from mid-November. It’s an exciting time for Santa’s helpers like Michael Ubrihien, 30, who is putting on the red suit for the sixth year. The actor and retailer will also be Santa Claus for Scene to Believe. “I enjoy it because it brings a lot of joy to people,” he said. “I’m really going to stretch my improvisational muscles and just put smiles on people’s faces.” He has some tricks in his red sleeve to make kids smile. “Yeah, I like to be really silly,” he said. “So, I’ll tell them a joke or point out something that’s obviously false. Like I’m getting their names mixed up. ‘Oh, you’re Steve and you’ve Jill’. And they say, ‘No, no Santa! not really! ‘. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do. “What if they ask for something super-extravagant for Christmas? “The rule of thumb is that we never make any promises,” Michael said. “My choice is, ‘Oh, we’ll see what happens and remember to be good’ or ‘Maybe it’s something you can talk to your parents about’.” There are also ways to bridge the gap between Santa Claus and the kids when they sit away from him in the pictures due to demands for social distance. “I think the key is to be a lot more animated and outgoing. Bigger waves, bigger gestures, bigger reactions,” he said. “Even after what happened last year, it was still a great season and all the families who came in loved it.” South.Point shopping center marketing manager Ash Bujaroski said it would also host special events, including a Santa Claus parade. “After such a long time in lockdown, we really want to make Christmas special this year and bring the joy and fun back to Canberrans,” she said. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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