Sooke Santa returning for outdoor events

He’ll be outside the AW every weekend in December

Sooke’s resident Santa will be returning this year. He will be outside the A&W in front of the Evergreen Centre every weekend in December from 1 to 3 p.m., leading up to Chrismas. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s resident Santa will be returning this year. He will be outside the A&W in front of the Evergreen Centre every weekend in December from 1 to 3 p.m., leading up to Chrismas. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s Richard Steele will be returning as Santa Claus with an outdoor event, similar to the one run last year.

Before last year, Steele worked commercially as a Santa but decided to hold this community event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The only reason I did this last year was that I thought, ‘You know what? There’s no Santa anywhere,’” he said. “So I just decided that we’re going to do an outside event because outside events were safe or safer at least.”

The event will follow COVID-19 guidelines, including being socially distanced, but kids will be allowed to remove face masks for the pictures.

Donations are encouraged, with a portion of the funds going to the local sea cadet corps.

Steele will be outside the A&W off Sooke Road, in the Evergreen Centre parking lot, every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in December, leading up to Christmas.

“Come on out, Santa will be there, rain or shine,” he said.

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