NORTH WEBSTER — The snow and blustery winds couldn’t stop the holiday celebration kickoff at 9:30 a.m. with a sausage and pancake breakfast served by the Lakeland Kiwanis in the North Webster Community Center banquet hall.
Children stood in long lines to get their pictures taken with Santa and receive a candy cane after telling him what they wanted most for Christmas. Parents were able to take their own photo or a digital download was available. All the girls and boys were also able to write their letters to Santa.
For added enjoyment, a variety of games, coloring and crafts were available for the children to participate in. Children could make chains to count down the days to Christmas, a pine cone bird feeder or even decorate their own goodie bag. The line for balloon animals was nearly as long as Santa’s, keeping the children entertained.
North Webster Public Library also had a story time where children could calm down and listen to Christmas stories.
A Christmas tree decorating contest was also held by the Lakeland Kiwanis. Trees lined the community center’s hallways and visitors were able to vote for the best decorated by placing money into the candy cane poles next to each tree.
While the event was free, donations to assist in supporting the North Webster Community Center were appreciated.
This year’s holiday celebrations were sponsored by Lake City Bank, North Webster Ace Hardware, Pro Wake Watersports, North Webster Elementary School, Ark Preschool, American Legion Post 253 Ladies Auxiliary and Perspective Image Co.