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Santa Claus has come to town

by Molly Morris | December 16, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
Liv Paggiarino/News Tribune Santa laces up his skates as he prepares to take to the ice on Saturday during the Skate with Santa event at the Washington Park Ice Skating Arena. Santa took speedy and graceful laps around the rink, merrily handed out candy canes to children and took pictures with them in his sled.

With at least three local events in Jefferson City, Santa and his reindeer have a busy weekend ahead of them.

First up, Building Community Bridges, 213 E. Ashley St., is hosting a Breakfast with Santa event at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger; a photo with Santa is included. Following the breakfast, staring at 1 p.m., parents will be able to shop through donated toys and stocking stuffers. Gift wrapping is available, and toys are first-come-first-serve.

After breakfast, the big man in red will be ready for some adult libations at an event at Last Flight Brewing Company, 738 Heisinger Road. From noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Santa will be available for a photo opportunity with children, pets and adults. The afternoon acts as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Missouri, so the cost is a donation. In addition to beer, homemade hot cocoa will be served to the children and a spiked version is available for those older than 21. In conjunction with Santa's visit, Last Flight will be throwing an Ugly Sweater Party from noon-9 p.m. Saturday.

Even for someone as busy as Kris Kringle, no day is complete without a bit of exercise so Skate with Santa is on the docket from 1-4 p.m. at Washington Park Ice Arena, 711 Kansas St. Santa will don a pair of skates, allowing children to drop some Christmas list hints while taking laps around the rink. General admission fees apply.

Not able to make these events? Santa has regular hours through Christmas Eve at Capital Mall, 3600 Country Club Drive. Pay him a visit from noon-7 p.m. today through Saturday and Monday through Dec. 23. Your last chance for same face time with the man in red will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24. For $20, mall visitors can take a photo with Santa and utilize the holiday-themed selfie station.

In the final week before Christmas, are we missing any Santa events? If so, add them to the News Tribune's online calendar at

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