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Christmas miracle: Maple Ridge Santa's Village stays open despite run-in with bylaw officers

Last Updated Dec 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm PDT

It's a Christmas miracle: Santa's Village has been allowed to stay open in Maple Ridge, despite being told earlier to close down by bylaw officers. (Courtesy, Ridge/Meadows Santa Clause, Facebook)
Summary

Call it a Christmas miracle: a man who runs a Santa's Village in Maple Ridge is being allowed to stay open

Don Taylor was initially told he had to shut down by bylaw officers

Donations at the village go to charity

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – Santa is happy he won’t have to shut down, well, at least a Santa in Maple Ridge.

Don Taylor runs a festive spot out of his home called Santa’s Village, and earlier this week he says he was told he would have to stop. Bylaw officers had told him he didn’t have the paperwork, but Taylor says a visit from Mayor Mike Morden and a call from the city means he can stay open.

He wishes things hadn’t unfolded the way they did.

“If they would have come to me and said, ‘hey, we like what you’re doing, we wanna help you get the […] any kind of city licences you need,’ then I would have worked with them,” he says. “But she literally came to my door and said, ‘you’re gonna have to shut down what you’re doing, you can’t run a business out of your home.”

Taylor says bylaw officers will help him deal with all the logistics after the holidays.

“They’re going to let me stay open this year, and as far as any kind of certification or anything that they want me to have, we’ll deal with it after the Christmas season,” he says.

Now, the mayor says he went and met Don and his wife to have a look at the village himself.

“Everyone knows there’s always two sides to every story. Laws are there for reasons particularly when younger citizens are involved. I’m happy to report Santa’s Village will remain open, while Mr. Taylor and staff work through the various concerns raised.”

Taylor credits this visit from the mayor for the change of heart.