Mark your calendar: Santa flies into Southborough on Saturday, December 6 (Updated)

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

Santa will be making his traditional pre-Christmas trip to town on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Weather permitting, he’ll be flying in by helicopter again. [Weather didn’t permit. So, the Jolly Old Elf will arrive by Firetruck at noon.]

(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 through the wait.

Inside the hall, listen to live holiday music by Mr. Dave of Garden Music Together. There are also crafts and other diversions. Bonus this year, kids will have the chance to meet Olaf the Snowman while waiting their turn. 

When the kids meet the Big Man, they can sit on his lap 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 hot chocolate and treats.

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

Updated (12/6/14 11:36 am): Santa will arrive by truck instead of copter. (I explained to my children that the copter had to land at Marlborough airport where it’s safer in the rain. Now firefighters will deliver him from there to the Community House. He’ll still be arriving in style.)

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