Mark your calendar: Santa flies into Southborough on Saturday, December 7

Above: Look for Santa to land in Southborough the first Saturday in December (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

One year, my family was at a children’s concert. Someone asked my daughter how Santa flies. Her answer “in a helicopter.”

The audience thought it was hysterical. Clearly, they weren’t from Southborough.

Santa will be making his traditional pre-Christmas trip to town on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Weather permitting, he’ll be flying in by helicopter again.

(After all, reindeer can only fly on Christmas Eve, and the North Pole is quite a long trip by car. It just makes sense.)

The helicopter will land on the St. Mark’s field at the corner of Routes 30 and 85 at noon. He’ll greet the crowd and head over to the Community House for his true purpose. There, he’ll get a chance to find out from children what they want for Christmas.

Entrance to the Community House is $5 per child or $10 per family and includes a photo.

The doors close at 3:00 pm and there can be quite a line, so don’t wait too late to show up!

As for the line, it’s an experience itself. OK, waiting in line is never FUN. But Kindergroup does keep the kiddies pretty entertained. Upon entering the hall, listen to live holiday music by Mr. Dave of Garden Music Together. There are also crafts and other diversions.

When the kids meet the Big Man, they can sit on his lap (or not) to share their Christmas wish list. Santa’s helpers will take and print a photo for you to take home as a memento. (And feel free to snap some quick pics with your own camera.)

On the way out, families can celebrate the experience with cookies and hot chocolate. (I’ve been told there may even be cupcakes – while supplies last.)

The entire event is put on by Southborough Kindergroup with the help of sponsoring local businesses.

For some Chris Wraight’s wonderful photos from last year, click here.

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