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2014-11-26 / Front Page

Village prepares to welcome santa


For parents, the shopping frenzy likely heralds the Christmas season, but for children, it’s certainly the arrival of Santa Claus.

Old St. Nick will be paying a visit to Kenmore at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Municipal Building, located at the intersection of Delaware Road and Delaware Avenue.

The event is sponsored by the Village of Kenmore, the Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation Department and the Kenmore Merchants Association.

Bob Bolt, a past president of the association, said the event always draws a decent number of children, perhaps 50 to 60, but if the weather is good, organizers will be busy for an hour and a half or two hours.

“It can be blowing and 25 degrees, and there’s still people out there,” said Bolt, who noted that seeing Santa, who arrives by fire truck, is the main attraction, but there is also complimentary hot chocolate.

“The kids are all out and get excited,” he said. “Santa greets them and then goes inside. There’s a setup inside where everyone comes in and we try to get everyone inside as quickly as possible, so they don’t stand out in the cold.”

Inside, Santa allows all the children to sit on his lap and gives them a piece of candy,” Bolt said. From there, parents are allowed to take a picture of their child with Santa.

Bolt also said families in the area should check out the holiday sing-along, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 5, at Crosby Field.

“When the event starts, the fire department starts a big bonfire,” he said. “People love the bonfire, and then we start singing and Santa arrives again.”

Bolt said the sight of Santa for children is more than enough to come out to either event.

“The magic of seeing Santa, that’s the big deal,” he said. “It’s a nice, feel-good community holiday event.”

Admission to Santa’s arrival is free.

For more information on the upcoming holiday festivities, visit www.villageofkenmore.org.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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