Santa ready to hand out gifts in Waubay Dec. 16

There will be gifts for children at Santa Day Dec. 16 at the Waubay Senior Center and Community Room. The event runs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Roger Johanning, lead volunteer at the Waubay Senior Center, said the group decided to take over the event after it had been run by First Savings Bank and the Legion Auxiliary. He said those groups were not planning on having a Santa Day this year so the senior center decided to take over the event.

Johanning said they have hundreds of gifts for children who come to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch. Every child who comes will receive a gift even if they do not win a game.

“We will have hot chocolate, cookies and donuts for the kids,” Johanning said. “Santa will arrive at the beginning of the event by either a covered wagon, or sleigh if there is snow.”

After he arrives children will have a chance to get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. They will also have a chance to tell Santa what is on their Christmas wish list.

There will be a number of games planned, giving children the chance to win prizes throughout the event. Johanning said there will be bingo games for the children. They will have a chance to win one of the 17 sleds, 10 fishing poles or 150 stuffed animals. According to Johanning, there is an entire room filled with prizes to give away at Santa Day.

Besides bingo there will be a fishing pond, ring toss, dart game, coloring contest and more, according to Johanning. Every game, including bingo, is free.

During the fun and activities Santa will be giving out Christmas lei’s to the children. These lei’s will be Christmas themed and light up.

Johanning said the gifts to give out to children at the event have come through community and monetary donations.