A Chilliwack mom reached out to Santa Claus, who was happy to take a break from Christmas chaos to visit some local children. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Santa Claus visits children in Chilliwack as Christmas draws near

The cancellation of his annual visit to Cottonwood Centre didn’t deter Saint Nicholas

Two young children got the surprise of their life Monday afternoon.

There they were, out for a walk with their caregiver. As they ambled into the Jinkerson Park parking lot their eyes grew wide. You don’t expect to see Père Noël standing in a parking lot, especially in December when he’s got so much to do.

But there he was, looking jolly in his big red suit. Nervously the kids sidled over, and Santa asked one of them what she wanted for Christmas.

‘A pony!’ she replied after a moment of deliberation.

Then the kids went merrily on their way, glancing back over their shoulders several times to see if the big guy was still there.

So, what was Saint Nicholas doing in Jinkerson on a rainy Monday afternoon?

“When we heard that Santa wasn’t going to be able to do photos at the mall (Cottonwood Centre), we felt really bad for the kids,” said Chilliwack’s Jenny Dixon, mother of two little ones. “So we decided to reach out to Santa and see if we could get him to make a few stops in Chilliwack between now and Christmas.”

READ MORE: Santa’s annual visit to Chilliwack’s Cottonwood Mall cancelled by COVID

READ MORE: Christmas will be different even if Santa is ‘probably’ immune to COVID, says B.C. top doctor

Santa loved the idea. It takes him mere moments to get from the North Pole to Chilliwack, using a mix of magic and proprietary sled technology to travel at the speed of light. Even though he is super busy at this time of year, he understands 2020 has been very tough on kids who’ve had to keep their distance from friends and family due to COVID-19.

There’s nothing Father Christmas wants more right now than to put smiles on the faces of children.

“Bringing their imagination to life and seeing the gleam in their eyes when they see me and they say what they want, from the bottom of their heart, it’s so exciting,” Santa said.

It’s all done in a safe manner, of course. While word on the street is Santa may be immune to coronavirus, you can’t be too safe. He wore a festive face mask and stood at a distance while he talked to the kids.

On day one he visited 12 homes in Chilliwack.

“We’ve heard some sad stories from kids who are struggling with the seclusion,” Dixon said. “They sound really sad to be stuck and home and so it’s nice that Santa is here to boost their spirits.”

Dixon is maintaining contact with ol’ Kris Kringle, who has promised to come back a few more times.

Anyone who wants a visit from Saint Nick can connect with ‘Jenni Di‘ on Facebook and she’ll try to set it up.


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
eric.welsh@theprogress.com

@ProgressSports
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

chilliwackSanta Claus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kids and adults test out Chilliwack’s new pump track the day it opened on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack moms looking for solutions to bad behaviour at new pump track

From bullying and swearing to drugs and violence, mothers of young kids have had enough

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope, delivered a statement in the hybrid sitting of the House of Commons on March 23, 2021, calling on the Liberal government to present a plan for when COVID-19 restrictions can be safely eased. (Screenshot/ Mark Strahl)
Chilliwack Hope MP Strahl says federal budget doesn’t reflect needs of Canadians

MP says budget illustrates that Liberals don’t have a plan to recover from COVID-19 losses

The spooky scarecrow of the Valley Huskers takes on the logo of the Regina Thunder in a national social media contest produced by Football Canada.
Huskers logo needs your online vote in semi-final round of Football Canada contest

The scarecrow has 2 more foes to vanquish to be named the best amateur football logo in the country

Kosumi Street in the Sardis neighbourhood of Chilliwack was opened to traffic on April 14, 2021. (City of Chilliwack)
New connector road in Sardis opened to traffic

Kosumi Street was named to honour roots of Japanese-Canadian family that settled in Chilliwack

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

John Wekking, Merritt Road Report - Facebook
 Coquihalla Road Report
Wildfire sparks off Coquihalla in Merritt

The wildfire is located near the Dollarama off of Highway 5

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Most Read