Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7

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The annual Breakfast with Santa event will be held on Dec. 7. (File photo)

The annual Breakfast with Santa gathering at the NYA Pavilion is coming up on Dec. 7.
The event, sponsored every year by the NYA West Carver Lions Club, is making some significant changes this time.
One change is that tickets will no longer be required for guests to attend and spend time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, have pictures taken with the beloved North Pole celebrities, or for children to receive a gift bag of holiday treats.
Another change is that the Lions are returning to the tradition of offering a hot meal.
Pat Clark, a charter member of the NYA West Carver Lions and perennial volunteer at the Breakfast since its inception over 15 years ago, feels strongly that the Lions resume focus on the breakfast portion of the event.
“Breakfast with Santa is very near and dear to my heart,” said Pat, “and I know that our planning committee wants to emphasize attributes that made it so special years ago to guests who are now adults bringing their own children.”
A breakfast consisting of eggs, McDonald’s grillers, sausage, applesauce, bananas, orange juice, regular or chocolate milk, and coffee will be available for purchase from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The breakfast is optional, as some guests may be uninterested in eating due to the excitement associated with the thought of meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus and sharing holiday wish lists.
The fun begins when the doors open at 8:30 a.m. with children greeted by Sugarplum Fairies (our community’s Stiftungsfest Princesses).
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 9 a.m. by special escort (a surprise). Children waiting for their turn to talk with Santa can work on holiday art projects.
Drawings for raffle prizes will occur during the event. Once the children finish visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, they will receive gift bags as they depart. The event concludes at 11 a.m.
Breakfast with Santa is put on by the NYA West Carver Lions Club for our community. The Lions also receive a great amount of help from local businesses to ensure this event is a success.
As last year, guests able to do so are encouraged to bring a donation for the NYA food shelf. Parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, please remember to bring your cameras.