Girls and boys dressed in their holiday best waited excitedly for their chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday at the fifth annual Breakfast With Santa.
The Evergreen Lake House was filled with children of all ages and their parents, who ate a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage, followed by a wait in line to sit on Santa’s lap.
Cameras were in abundance as Santa and Mrs. Claus posed with the kids.
It was a fun day for the 250 people who attended the event sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.
Sedici Corde, a string quartet made up of Evergreen High School students, entertained with holiday music, and in one corner a face-painting booth was set up.
Mindy Russell with Chris Cakes of Colorado was busy at a pancake-making station. Russell said it was the pancake catering company’s first year at Breakfast With Santa. Her business is part of the Pines at Genesee.
Jarred, Caleb and Quenton McMane of Indian Hills were busy eating pancakes and preparing for their time with Santa. Their parents, Alicia and Steve, said this was the first time the family had attended the event.
“It’s a fun morning,” Alicia said. “We’ll get in line here soon. The excitement is building.”
The family has lived in Indian Hills for about a year, and the boys attend Parmalee Elementary.
Jarred, 10, planned to ask Santa for jumping stilts. He saw them on TV when he was 8 and has wanted a pair ever since.
Caleb, 7, said he wanted a jack-in-the-box because they surprise him, and he likes surprises.
Quenton, 5, wanted Skylander toys, and said he likes the Christmas tree best during the holidays because of the star on top.
Little Kelsey Adamowski was dressed in a pink-and-white princess dress, and her teddy bear was similarly attired.
She had a specific list ready for Santa. At the top was a real wand, “not a play wand.” She also wanted a Power Ranger suit that really flies, a Littlest Pet Shop and more pets for the shop.
Kelsey came to the breakfast with her parents, Andrew and Chris Adamowski, her brother Finneghan and grandmother Mimi Adamowski. It was the family’s first time at the event.
As volunteers moved among the tables, clearing plates and checking on attendees, Tricia Wales, the Evergreen Downtown Business Association’s president, was near the registration table as families poured in.
“We sold out this year,” Wales said. “This is a great community event. People love to see Santa. And it’s a great kickoff to the Holiday Walk on Friday night.”
Tree lighting and Holiday Walk
The annual tree lighting and Holiday Walk begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6., in downtown Evergreen. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Evergreen Lake House to light the community tree at 5 p.m. Walk with them along the lake to downtown for entertainment, food and shopping. Free shuttle service will be offered from Church of the Hills, the Lake House, Christ the King Catholic Church, Hiwan Homestead, Mountain Home and Church of the Transfiguration. The Hiwan Homestead Museum also will host its own activities from 6 to 9 p.m. A schedule of events and a walking map are available from downtown merchants. For more information, contact Tricia Wales at email@example.com or visit www.downtownevergreen.com.