By ERIC X. VICCARO
The Ste. Genevieve County Library is sponsoring “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on Dec. 18.
“We’re excited, and we’re hoping this is a big success for us,” said Ste. Genevieve County Library executive director Shawn Long.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Long said this event is more in line with what the library likes to offer as a Christmas program.
Last year, when there were many more COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases throughout Ste. Genevieve County, the library had a “Candy Cane Cruise,” which was sold out. Children lined up to receive kits during this drive-by event.
There will be a station for children to ice and decorate sugar cookies from two-inch blanks, Long said.
Children will be able to write letters to Santa, design an ugly sweater and sit on Santa’s lap giving him their Christmas wish lists.
All kids who visit Santa will receive a free wrapped gift courtesy of the Friends of Ste. Genevieve County Library.
“The big thing is that Santa will be there the whole time,” Long said.
The hope with Santa being there for the entire event, the crowd will have an even flow with parents and their children coming and going as they please.
Storytime will begin promptly at 1 p.m., with three different book selections. Two books have yet to be selected.
The only certainty is the Christmas poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which was originally written in the early 19th Century. It was first published in the Troy Sentinel (N.Y.) newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.
The writing will come to life, Long said.
The Ste. Genevieve Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Progress Sports Complex.
The event, sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free.