Santa's here from Lapland to meet needy kids

Thirty-three underprivileged children enjoyed an early yuletide treat at Gardens by the Bay yesterday morning. They met a special Santa who had flown in from Lapland, Finland - billed as the unofficial home of Santa Claus. The children from Hope Cent
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Thirty-three underprivileged children enjoyed an early yuletide treat at Gardens by the Bay yesterday morning.

They met a special Santa who had flown in from Lapland, Finland - billed as the unofficial home of Santa Claus.

The children from Hope Centre (Singapore) met Santa inside the Flower Dome conservatory.

They got to tour the Poinsettia Wishes floral display there, which includes Santa's cabin, post office, toy workshop and candy store set amid brightly coloured poinsettias and other Christmas blooms.

This month, more than 300 children from six charities - namely Hope Centre (Singapore), Life Community Services Society (Yishun and Pasir Ris branches), Infant Jesus Homes and Children's Centres, Rainbow Centre-Yishun Park School, Children's Aid Society and En Community Services Society-TriLove Student Care Centre - will get to meet Santa as part of the Gardens' community outreach efforts.

Visitors to the Flower Dome in the evening will get to see the floral display aglow with a projection of the Northern Lights.

The actual Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are a naturally created light show caused by solar particles from the Sun colliding with gases on Earth, creating curtains of coloured lights.

During the Christmas special at Gardens by the Bay this month, families with children can also meet Santa, attend storytelling sessions by his elves, and more.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2017, with the headline 'Santa's here from Lapland to meet needy kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe