Santa greets the public at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa greets the public at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Visiting hours set for socially-distanced Santa greetings

Walkers and drive-bys welcome at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus until Dec. 20

Come and do the wave with Santa.

The jolly old man himself is welcoming drive-bys and walkers to share some holiday spirit at his temporary residence at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus until Dec. 20.

Santa will be sitting in his porch that’s beautifully decorated for the holidays to greet people in lieu of the usual public gatherings prohibited by COVID.

His perch on the porch is receiving plenty of attention, as St. Nick endures dialysis three times a week for kidney failure while also contending with cancer. But, don’t worry boys and girls, he’s feeling fine to continue the daily regimen.

With no Santa in the usual locations because of the pandemic, this position is proving to be a big hit with the public and outside media has taken notice. In the last few days after being visited by the Courier, big-city televisions stations CHEK-TV, Global BC and CTV have all showed up to film stories.

“I am feeling the spirit of Christmas alive and well in Chemainus,” said Santa. “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Everyone is welcome, young and old, to enjoy good old-fashioned Christmas joy with Santa from 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays and between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

“As long as the kids get to see it, that’s OK,” said Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. wife Joan Service to Geoff.

The intent has been to make the holidays brighter for everyone, given the circumstances, and that’s certainly been happening.

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Santa does the wave in his doorway. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa does the wave in his doorway. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when you see this guy in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when you see this guy in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa meets his adoring public at his doorstep at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus at a social distance. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa meets his adoring public at his doorstep at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus at a social distance. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The chance to take a selfie with Santa in Chemainus made the day brighter for health care workers Claire Jones, left, and Carmen Walsh. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The chance to take a selfie with Santa in Chemainus made the day brighter for health care workers Claire Jones, left, and Carmen Walsh. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Morfar Nielsen takes granddaughter Freyja Montez-Nielsen, who’s 3 1/2, for a visit with Santa at a social distance. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Morfar Nielsen takes granddaughter Freyja Montez-Nielsen, who’s 3 1/2, for a visit with Santa at a social distance. (Photo by Don Bodger)