I’ve found a few towns in my travels through the Adelaide Hills and towards the Southern Vales area of South Australia, where towns and roads leading to and from, are dotted with these zany characters.
Here are a few of the beauties that I’ve managed to capture when passing by, honestly to stop and take photos of all of them would mean bunny hopping all the way to the destination I was heading to. This is just a small sample of what is out there.
As you drive towards Echunga from Hahndorf there is a wood yard and Santa has been busy by the look of the pile of chopped wood in the background, he’s still at it though on top of the big hay rolls.
Then in the town of Echunga Santa stands on the side of the road dressed in his butcher’s apron and holding (stocking) sausages! Local butcher perhaps? Or just letting us know what’s on the menu for Christmas day maybe. A little further along is the local hotel where Santa is imbibing in a few, a little too many this day unfortunately as he was looking a little worse for wear, slumped over his keg.
Further along, parked on the side of the road is a Santa popping out of the sunroof of a decorated car. Other Santas are just helping around on the farm.
The stretches of road that you will find these and many more are between the towns of Echunga and Meadows, then between Meadows and Kangarilla. Still more can be found between Kangarilla and McLaren Flat.
Kangarilla has gone all out with some really clever and good looking Santa antics. Some of them are on private homes, another at the Primary School and others advertising businesses. This is more fun than Where’s Wally? (or Where’s Waldo, depending on which part of the world you’re from)
I don’t have a clue what some of the roadside Santas are up to and parts of the road don’t allow you to slow down too much if other traffic is about.
It definitely pays to have someone else doing the driving if you want to attempt to find and photograph all of them, just be careful that you don’t end up like this poor Santa who obviously got distracted and finished up in a bad way in the bushes! At this roadside stop you can conveniently buy horse poo to fertilize the garden. I’m guessing you can buy Reindeer poo after this landing too!
Are there any silly Santas where you live? Have fun Santa spotting.