Santa Claus wants to help Londoners get in the Christmas spirit by setting up shop in Victoria Park for the first time ever.
The Teresina Larizza Charities Foundation, also known as TLC, is building Santa’s House where residents can get their photo taken with ‘Jolly Old Saint Nick’ starting November 27th, following the Lighting of the Lights.
“This is true grassroots effort,” said Leo Larizza in a media release. He started TLC over 30 years ago as a testament to his late mother.
The cost of photos is by donation. Organizers are hoping people will pay at least $20 for each photo, but they have vowed no one will be turned away.
Larizza said, “they can donate whatever they can afford to donate. After all, this is Christmas.” Larizza emphasized that all of the money raised from the sale of photographs will support the work of TLC.
TLC, under Larizza’s leadership, provides comfort and joy for children who are facing seemingly insurmountable health challenges, particularly those in hospital. It is expected that TLC will deliver Christmas gifts to more than 700 less fortunate children this year.
The 500 square foot Santa House is being designed and built by Domus Developments. The photographs will be taken by student volunteers from Fanshawe College’s Photographic Arts program.
After November 27th, Santa will be available for photos every day from 1p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. through until Wednesday, December 23rd. Santa will also be available by appointment for family photos and for workplaces wishing to have photos of Santa with their staff.
“Great news, parents can head downtown with their kids, celebrate the season and support a great cause all at the same time,” said Mayor Matt Brown in the release. “I’m looking forward to visiting the park, seeing the lights and having my two sons pose for a picture with Santa Claus and I hope that many, many other Londoners are too.”