Visit with Santa is a long-running Cloverdale tradition

From Dec. 8 to 22, Santa Claus will be listening to wish lists daily at Clover Square Village.

A visit with Santa Claus at the old Cloverdale Shoppers Mall

A visit with Santa Claus at the old Cloverdale Shoppers Mall

A visit with Santa is a long-running tradition in Cloverdale.

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

Back in its heyday, Duckworth’s – located where the Cloverdale Learning Centre at 5741 176 Street is today – which also offered customers a gift-wrapping service.

Later on, the show moved over to Cloverdale Shoppers Plaza, also remembered as the Safeway mall by anyone who grew up here in the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, the tradition of visiting with Santa in Cloverdale happily continues at the Clover Square Village.

From Dec. 8 to 22, come by to visit Santa Claus at his cute little white house with the red trim.

The Jolly Old Elf’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. Prints (optional) are available right away.

Donations for the Surrey Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

A note to shoppers: Santa’s Hut is close to the pickup spot for the free Saturday shuttle.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the Surrey Archives 2011 slideshow of Christmas images from our city’s past. It’s posted to its YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/SurreyArchives. View the presentation here: http://youtu.be/dscuyorvca0.

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