Santa picture a long-standing local tradition

Santa Claus at Duckworth’s Store in Cloverdale, Dec. 13, 1963. - Courtesy Surrey Archives SA 1992.036.111
Santa Claus at Duckworth’s Store in Cloverdale, Dec. 13, 1963.
— image credit: Courtesy Surrey Archives SA 1992.036.111

As this photo from December 1963 proves, a visit with Santa has been a long-running Cloverdale tradition.

Back in the 1960s, kids lined up at Duckworth’s department store to have their picture taken with Santa.

Duckworth’s was located at 5741 176 Avenue, in the building that’s today home to the Cloverdale Learning Centre.

Back in its heyday, Duckworth’s also offered free gift wrapping to customers.

Today, the tradition of visiting with Santa in Cloverdale happily continues at the

Clover Square Village mall.

From Dec. 5 to 23, come by to visit Santa Claus at his cute little white house with the red trim.

He’ll be listening to children’s wish lists from noon to 4 p.m. daily.

Parents, bring your own camera, and take your child’s picture with Santa. Prints (optional) are available right away.

Donations for the Surrey Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

A note for shoppers and sight-seers: Santa’s House is close to the pick-up and drop-off point for the free Saturday shuttle that’s operating on Saturdays in Cloverdale to Dec. 22.

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