BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
FARMINGTON – You won’t have to go all the way to the North Pole to talk to Santa.
Farmington residents can say hello to St. Nick himself at the city’s annual “Christmas With Santa” event, set for Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Community Arts Center. The city’s parks and recreation office is also accepting letters to Santa now through Dec. 20, offering to pay the postage and send it on to the North Pole.
“We tried it last year, and it was a big success,” said Farmington Arts and Special Events Coordinator Stefanie Gallagher. “Parents loved it, so we decided to do it again.”
Those submitting letters to Santa are asked to address them to Santa Claus, 1 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Alaska, 99705. The child’s full name and address should be on the top left corner of the envelope.
The city received approximately 200 letters to Santa Claus last December, and Gallagher is expecting more this year.
“It was kind of a last-minute thing last year,” she said. “I just thought it would be fun, because some people don’t know where to mail their letters”
Kids can meet Santa in person at the Dec. 7 event, which is free to all Farmington residents. Photos will be taken with all of the children, which will then be mailed to their homes.
Downstairs, kids will be able to make one of a few possible Advent calendars to take home, which they can then decorate. There will also be hot chocolate, cookies, and the chance to write letters to Santa.
“It gives them a chance to tell him anything they didn’t get to when they were upstairs,” said Gallagher.
Letters should be dropped off at the city’s parks and recreation department, located at 720 West 100 North in Farmington. The Community Arts Center is located at 120 S. Main Street.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Gallagher “There’s not many things you can do for free these days.”