Popular Santa’s Workshop setting up shop on Fifth Street in Courtenay

Santa has secured a suitable location for his workshop for the 2012 Christmas season at 877 Fifth St. in Courtenay.

Santa has secured a suitable location for his workshop for the 2012 Christmas season at 877 Fifth St. in Courtenay.

This building boasts a generous 6,900 square feet and Santa’s Workshop will open Nov. 5 promptly at 10 a.m. Gift donations (both new and used) will be accepted from Nov. 5 and onwards.

Appointments will also be accepted from Nov. 5 and onwards by calling 250-897-1994.

Santa’s elves will be busy at the end of October making sure everything in the new building is ready for fixing and receiving all the toys and gifts for the children of the Comox Valley.

The workshop will give out gifts (where appointments have been made) on Dec. 3  to 21.

The cutoff date for used toy donations will be Dec. 14, so it’s a great idea to start looking through your ‘used inventory’ and get it to the workshop early in November. Please remember that if bringing in used items, Santa can only ‘fix’ what is ‘fixable’ and sometimes an item cannot be cleaned well enough.

Grandparents Day will be held Dec. 19. The last day for the workshop for the season will be Dec. 21.

There will be a drop box located at the workshop location on Fifth Street, and drop boxes will also be delivered to several other locations — locations soon to be announced.

The workshop will be open Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Again, call 250-897-1994 to make appointments.

Santa’s note states that he is grateful to the Comox Valley community for all their generosity in the past years, and he looks forward to another very successful season. He is already busy in the North Pole getting things prepared!

— Santa’s Workshop