Nestled in the heart of Santaland in the Myer Centre on the second floor, Helen has been spreading festive cheer and joy as ‘Mrs. Claus’ for the better part of 20 years.
Having first donned the iconic red and white attire in 2004, she had spent almost two decades bringing a smile to the faces of children and adults alike.
For Helen, her role is far more than just wearing a costume – it is about creating a magical experience for all who visit.
“I love to see so many lovely children smiling at me. I also love to help the parents by reminding the children that being on their best behaviour puts them on Santa’s nice list,” Helen said.
Having discovered a passion for performing during her time at Flinders university, Helen has been a model, actress, and performer which gave her the experience needed to embrace the role of Mrs. Claus fully.
"I love to see so many lovely children smiling at me. I also love to help the parents by reminding the children that being on their best behaviour puts them on Santa's nice list."
As Mrs. Claus, Helen plays an important role in calming the nerves of excited children in the line up before they meet Santa.
Helen reads stories like “Three Billy Goat Gruff” and “Three Little Pigs” to the children while reminding them of the importance of good behaviour to secure their spot-on Santa’s good list.
At 74 years young, Helen continues to play her role as Mrs. Claus with enthusiasm. She does it for the pure love of making people smile.
“The adults are appreciative, and the children love it. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Helen said.
As Christmas approaches each year, Helen stands ready to spread joy and warmth. Her dedication to Mrs. Claus has touched many hearts, making her an integral part of the Santaland display made possible by Tony and Ros from Essential Talent, who supply the jobs and the costume.
Helen reminds us all to believe in the magic of the season and cherish the joy of giving and sharing with our friends and family.
“I hope I can continue to do this for years to come,” she said.