Ridley Whittington, 6, of Ormeau with Santa at The Workshops Rail Museum.
Ridley Whittington, 6, of Ormeau with Santa at The Workshops Rail Museum. David Nielsen

Santa's Australiana arrival

SANTA made an early appearance in Ipswich this year.

Old Saint Nick visited The Workshops Rail Museum on Saturday and yesterday to the glee of children across the region.

In a change from the museum's usual train theme, the place was decorated in Christmas gear with an Australian twist for Santa's November visit.

The visit was part of the Santa celebration and included Christmas singalongs and activities.

However, The Workshops gave the festive celebration its own railway-themed twist with the running of a steam train trip to Grandchester and back filled to capacity.

The Workshops Rail Museum director Andrew Moritz said the event was becoming a new tradition and was highly anticipated at every year.

"Historically The Workshops has celebrated Christmas with a family Christmas party for over 100 years," he said.

"We've only been doing ours for about eight, but it's really something to look forward to every year now."

Mr Moritz said the day saw a great response from patrons young and old, who flocked to take part in the day's activities.

"We ran a steam train to Grandchester and back and that was full with 250 people on it," he said.

"There were also Aussie Christmas carols and arts and crafts for people to take part in over the weekend.

"It's a nice lead into the school holidays and we saw lots of happy, smiling kids this weekend.

"It's always a bit of a crowd pleaser and it's great to see kids really enjoying themselves."



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