Santa’s a Snap!
by Mary Jane McCall
Santa is coming to town! To most folks, that means that they’d better be making preparations for his once-a-year visit on Christmas Eve.
Highlanders know a well-kept secret about Santa’s schedule that many don’t. As busy as Santa is he still needs to take some time to kick back, relax and take his time reviewing that naughty or nice list. Things are much too chaotic at the North Pole for such important work so Santa makes his way to Highlands where he can concentrate on the task at hand. Here he enjoys the mountain air, relaxed pace, a hot cup of coffee on a chilly morning and time to work uninterrupted.
Having spent so much time in the area Santa couldn’t help but notice that a large proportion of his kids on the nice list resided right here in Highlands so he likes to mingle with the crowds and see some of these sweet youngsters personally.
What better way to meet and greet than to sit for photos and hear those whispered wish lists? Santa will be available at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on December 7 after his annual appearance in the Christmas Parade until 4:00 P.M. He will be there again on Saturday, December 14 and 21, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Come one and all and have your photo snapped with our most famous winter visitor.
If you have questions about Santa’s busy schedule or the events that mark Highlands’ Holiday Season – the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade or the worship schedules of local churches – contact the Highlands Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112.