You better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout! Do you want to know why? Santa Claus is coming to town, our town, in downtown Morris.
Children of all ages will want to make sure they have their wish lists ready for the Home for the Holidays weekend as they will have many opportunities to visit with Santa.
Over the course of the weekend celebration, Santa will be at many events to meet and greet children. The jolly old man makes his grand entrance for the holiday season at the annual lighted parade, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday.
Everyone is eagerly looking forward to seeing Santa in his lighted sleigh along with many other classic holiday characters. After the parade, Santa will make his way to his home away from home on Illinois Avenue to visit with children from 6 to 7 p.m.
After a good night’s rest, Santa will be up bright and early Saturday to partake in one of the weekend’s most treasured activities – Breakfast with Santa. Children can join Santa for doughnuts and juice at the Morris Public Library, 604 N. Liberty St. The first of five sittings will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue at 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. Moms and dads are encouraged to bring their camera and snap a photo of the kids on Santa’s lap.
A special “make and take” craft will round out the morning of fun. Reservations for this event are required and seating is limited. Accommodations will be arranged on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone interested in attending should call the library at 815-942-6880.
Following breakfast, Santa will make his way down to the courthouse lawn where he will be joined by his reindeer from 10 a.m. to noon. You won’t want to forget your camera for this special event. Santa’s reindeer are friendly, tame and like to be pet. Santa will return to his house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Mrs. Claus also will be visiting downtown Saturday afternoon, spreading good cheer. And be sure to join her at 3 p.m. at Lonnie’s Art Gallery, 108 W. Washington, where she will be reading her book, “The Story of Mrs. Claus.”
But don’t worry, if you’re out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, Santa will be at his house in Morris every weekend through Dec. 22. Stop by Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or Sundays between 1 and 3 p.m.