Each year they add a new little twist. This year it will be food sent up an elevator to imaginary reindeer during Breakfast With Santa in a Winter Wonderland at the Highland County Senior Citizens Center.
That’s just one of several experiences awaiting those who attend the Saturday, Dec. 5 event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hillsboro.
“The kids will make the reindeer food, then they’ll put it in a bag and it will be sent up an elevator to Santa’s reindeer who, of course, will waiting on the roof,” Mechell Frost, executive director of the center, said tongue-in-cheek.
There will also be breakfast; a coloring wall; a Winter Wonderland with close to 40 decorated Christmas trees; a “snow pit;” characters including some like ones from the movie “Frozen,” the Grinch and Santa Claus; photos and visits with Santa; cookie making; Christmas music; and more.
The cost is $5 for anyone except those 23 months or younger, who get in for $3.
“Christmas to me is just a special time of year. It has that magical feeling so we want to help other families create those kinds of memories and experiences at the senior center,” Frost said. “It’s also something our membership enjoys and is a fundraiser for us. Some people just come for breakfast, and some people bring their entire families and do just about everything.”
Breakfast will include sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and drinks. There will also be cookies to decorate and games to play.
The coloring wall is a large box covered with white paper. “We put crayons beside it and let the kids just go crazy,” Frost said. “At our Cookies with Characters event some of them even wrote ‘I heart the senior center’ on one and it was really cute.”
When kids enter the Winter Wonderland they will get to see, visit and have their picture taken with Santa. The area is decorated with dozens of Christmas trees and after telling Santa what they want for Christmas the kids will enter a room where there will be “Frozen” characters. Then they’ll get to visit with the Grinch and play in the indoor snow pit.
“It feels cold like real snow, but it won’t get them real wet, and the whole area is surrounded by Christmas trees,” Frost said.
Fifth Third Bank is the major sponsor of the event, but other businesses and groups help with expenses so the center can raise more funds.
Families that pick up their kids’ 4-inch by 6-inch pictures with Santa will receive a ticket at the senior center that they can take to Walgreens and get specially priced enlargements and packets.
More details about the event can be found on the center’s Facebook page.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information call 937-393-4745.
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