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Santa Claus is roaring in

JINGLE ALL THE WAY: Check out Santa’s itinerary.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY: Check out Santa’s itinerary. Claudia Baxter

LOOK out kids, Santa's ditched his sleigh for a big, noisy Kenworth truck and he's rolling into a neighbourhood near you.

The Sapar Landscaping Supplies company has been decking out one of its trucks in Christmas lights and smoke machines for the last 14 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Christmas-lit streets of Ipswich has become something of a tradition.

Company spokeswoman Suzanne Barnard said it was a very popular tradition too, with hundreds of mums and dads and kids swarming around for Santa when he arrives in their street in the week before Christmas.

"We get people ringing up every year wanting to know what's happening with the truck," she said, "what areas will it be in and what times.

"We've even had people wanting to know if they can book the truck for their Christmas parties."

Sapar spares no expense in decking out the truck every year, with generators required to power all the lights and the stereo system that pumps out carols at foundation-shaking volume.

Santa, of course, is behind the wheel, while his little elf is in the passenger seat.

They hand out glow sticks and candy canes to kids while spreading Christmas cheer through the suburbs.

"We get mobbed everywhere we go - sometimes there will be 200 people waiting for us in the street," Ms Barnard said.

"For me that's the best part of it - it's a lot of fun."

The Sapar Christmas truck will be visiting Flinders View, Leichhardt, Mt Crosby, Brassall, Collingwood Park, Goodna and Redbank Plains from December 19-23 this year.

Due to noise restrictions, the truck can only be on the road from 7-10pm, so is limited in how many different areas it can visit.

The truck usually sticks to known Christmas light areas as advertised in the Queensland Times.

Those wanting to see Santa should keep an eye on the Queensland Times.


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