PARK CHRISTMAS: Santa and Mrs. Claus usher in the season

Published 4:00 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Santa Claus is a very recognizable figure but unless Mrs. Claus is with Santa, few people know her.

But on Saturday, Mrs. Claus will share the spotlight with Santa at “Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus” at the Park Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will leave the North Pole early to arrive in Troy in time for breakfast and then visit with all the good little boys and girls.

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“Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus” is a featured event of the Park Family Christmas that includes the Christmas Market.

Jeannie Swindall, a coordinator of the event, said the doors will open at 8 a.m.  Saturday. Around 8:15 a.m. Jacob Brooks, a kind ol’ gentleman, will read a favorite Santa Claus story, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to the children.

“Jingling sleigh bells will then announce the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus,” Swindall said.

Elf Allene will lead the famous couple into the Christmas market place accompanied by several of Santa’s elves. Santa will then hear Christmas wishes from the children. Those who wish, may have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The photos with Santa are $5 and may include family members or friends.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus is open to the public. The breakfast is $5 and includes pancakes and sausage and coffee or juice.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will be open for business and will feature homemade baked items, candies, home canned goods and homemade casseroles.

Edith Synco and all of her baking buddies will be in the kitchen throughout the day baking cookies. Swindall said getting a fresh-baked cookie will be a special treated of the day.

“They will also be putting together gift baskets that customers can create themselves from the baked goods and other items that will enhance the basket, maybe an ornament or some collectible. Creating gift baskets is a lot of fun and very special to those who receive them.”

A Kids Corner will be a fun place for the kids to enjoy games and crafts while their parents shop the Christmas Market that will feature holiday decorations, home decorations and a variety of items for people of all ages and collectibles including vintage Hallmark Christmas ornaments.

Entertainment will be by local choirs and groups. Rudolph’s Grill will open at noon with grilled hamburgers and hotdog, chips and beverages.

Swindall said everyone is invite to the Park Family Christmas Market and Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus on Saturday. Admission is free.