From story times to pizza dinners, numerous holiday events connect families with St. Nick
Spread some holiday cheer this year with a variety of Santa events sure to put you and your loved ones in the Christmas spirit.
“The St. Charles Park District is proud to offer a range of holiday activities for all ages to create family traditions this year and for generations to come,” said Taylor Krawczyk, special events supervisor.
Over the river and through the woods … to Hickory Knolls you’ll go. Celebrate the holiday season during Woodland Santa’s Holiday Workshop at the nature center/natural area from 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 5. The woodland Santa experience is like no other, as you and your family will welcome Santa on his sled, pulled by dashing huskies. Then, take a photo with the “big guy” himself, write a letter, make an ornament and enjoy some breakfast snacks.
Later in the month, head over to Sportsplex for Storytime with Santa from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Dec. 20. Your child can wear their cozy pajamas as they sip hot chocolate and listen to Santa read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Then sing along to some holiday favorites to round out this special evening.
Dinner with Santa
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, “what’s for dinner?” may be the last thing on your list. For this reason, the Park District has planned two pizza dinner events with Santa.
Sign up for Merry Cheesemas from 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Giordano’s Pizza in St. Charles. While dining at the restaurant, Santa will read the “Polar Express.”
If you prefer drive-through dinner options, take advantage of Dinner Dash. Pre-order a family dinner package from St. Charles’ Riverside Pizza & Pub which includes two pizzas and cookies, plus two coloring books and crayon sets. Then pick up the order at Pottawatomie Community Center from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 10. And while waiting for your order, Santa will be handing out sweet treats.
Letters from North Pole
Besides meeting Santa himself, what could be more exciting for your child than receiving a letter in the mail all the way from the North Pole?
Registration this year is only online, which will allow letters to be sent from addresses outside the immediate area.
“This means local grandparents can send Santa’s love to grandchildren living farther away,” said Kara Guizzetti-Reif, early childhood, preschool and day camp supervisor.
“Every letter is written individually, hoping to deliver Santa’s magic to each child,” she added.
“In a time when everything is done online or via video chat, there is something extra special about receiving a good, old-fashioned letter in the mail – a letter you can hold in your hands, keep, and re-read as many times as you want,” said Guizzetti-Reif.
Your child may also mail letters to Santa using Santa’s mailbox in the lobby at Pottawatomie Community Center, or using the Pottawatomie mailing address at 8 North Ave. Letters to Santa are not required to receive a message from the North Pole.