Christmas comes but once a year, but chasing up the rear is Covid-19.

But Santa is not fazed; he is adapting – and so is the team from Santaland.

The format of the annual community event has been altered to be able to continue under the new Covid-19 traffic light system which comes into effect on Friday.

Instead of the large interactive display families are familiar with, the committee is offering photos with Santa with Covid-19 protocols in place.

Santaland committee member Sian Fiebig said with so many events being cancelled the committee was “thrilled” to be able to continue the event’s much-loved tradition of Santa photos.

“Our usual display will have to wait until next year but rest assured, children can still visit Santa and experience a little bit of Christmas magic,” Mrs Fiebig said.

“By the time Santaland opens we will be working in the traffic light framework, and as such, those of us running the event and people attending the event will be expected to abide by the restrictions that our region will be placed in.”

The traffic light system requirements of vaccine passes and face masks would need to be adhered to.

Santaland’s “Santa’s Christmas Photo” will be held at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church from December 9 to 12.