Archive for category Santa Claus

Santa Event Specially Designed for Kids with Special Needs

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — Santa stopped by an event in Luzerne County tailor-made for children with special needs. It’s called Sensitive Santa and was developed by a speech pathologist in a calm and stress-free environment. Kids meet Santa in a dimly lit room and can take all the time they need. The mother of a boy with autism described how this is a better experience since most Santa meet-ups can be overwhelming. “It was quiet. It wasn’t overwhelming for him. He […]

Christmas Village at American Legion in Wayne County

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — Kids could get pictures taken with Santa for free in Wayne County on Saturday. Santa Claus stopped by The Christmas Village at the American Legion in Pleasant Mount. Kids told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and then got their pictures taken. Then they could pose for pictures with some cardboard cutouts. There were also jewelry and other items up for sale at the event in Wayne County.

Brunch with Santa at Misericordia University

DALLAS TOWNSHIP — Kids sat down for bunch with Santa in Luzerne County. It was the 19th annual Santa Brunch at Misericordia University near Dallas on Saturday. Dozens of families enjoyed arts and crafts and other fun while kids got to sit down and take pictures with Santa. The event is sponsored by the Misericordia University Alumni Association.

Christmas at the Mansion

COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — Decking the halls is easy if you have a beautiful backdrop. Covington Township hosted Christmas at Moffat Mansion Saturday afternoon. The old mansion serves as the Covington Township Municipal Building. On Saturday, the doors were open for people to see the hall of trees or go on a horse and carriage ride around the grounds. Children could also put in their requests with Santa. “I told him that I would like a teddy bear this year and […]

Santa Train Pulls into Lackawanna County Stations

OLYPHANT — Santa ditched his sleigh for a train in Lackawanna County this weekend. Six communities came together to celebrate the event on Saturday. The Santa Train made stops in Carbondale, Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant, Dickson City, and Scranton. Santa rode on a special train provided by the Steamtown National Historic Site. At each stop, Santa and his friends greeted all the children. Other than St. Nick, the Christmas event featured bands and balloon animals. This “Christmas in a Small Town” […]

Santa’s Helicopter Trip to Monroe County

POLK TOWNSHIP — Santa Claus made quite the entrance when he visited Monroe County on Saturday. Rather than his typical form of transportation, St. Nick arrived via helicopter to the event near Kresgeville hosted by the West End Food Pantry. Mrs. Claus and a cast of holiday characters were waiting for the boss down on the ground. Santa and Mrs. Claus stuck around to take pictures with kids and have some hot chocolate at the free community event.

Santa Visits Kids at Ice Cream Shop in Luzerne County

WEST PITTSTON — Some kids got a sweet surprise from Santa Claus in Luzerne County. Santa surprised the children at Ballyhoo Ice Cream in West Pittston. The shop teamed up with Fidelity Bank to bring Santa all the way from the North Pole. Kids and their families were treated to hot cocoa and candy as well as a free photo with Santa. Prior to the event, Fidelity Bank handed out vouchers for the free treats and pictures.

ESU Students Give Children Free Teddy Bears

EAST STROUDSBURG — Some students at East Stroudsburg University learned that generosity and gift giving bears repeating. The annual ESU Teddy Bear Drive was held by the East Stroudsburg University student senate on Saturday. The students collected and distributed toys and stuffed animals for kids up to age 12. Each child received a teddy bear along with another toy. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with the children as well. There were arts and crafts, games, and holiday music. Organizers invited […]

Santa Ditches Sleigh, Rides Train Through Lackawanna County

CARBONDALE — As the wheels slowly churned down the tracks, the smiles grew even wider and the eyes became bigger. The Baldwin Locomotive Works train carrying Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their helpers, made stops across Lackawanna County on Saturday. On board were some happy first-time riders. “I’m very excited to ride the Santa Train. I never rode it before,” said Joel Wasilchak of Carbondale. Faces full of glee lined the Pioneer City Station in Carbondale as hundreds stood patiently, […]

Biker Santa Hands Out Gifts to Children in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — It appears Santa ditched his reindeer and opted for a hog this year. Jolly old St. Nick pulled into the parking lot at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre on Church Street on a motorcycle on Saturday. Biker Santa came bearing gifts for about 100 kids who attended the event. The early Christmas presents were donated by Geisinger employees and members of a motorcycle club called Northeast Federation of Clubs. “Geisinger really is a community organization, and we really want to […]