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Christmas on the Square looks to bring a little joy to Camdenton this weekend

Mitch Prentice
Lake Sun Leader
Santa, Mrs Clause and the Grinch wave to attendees at the 2019 Christmas on the Square event.

The Christmas holiday season is back and with it comes a number of great lake area events. Kicking off this weekend, Camdenton will be host to the annual Christmas on the Square event with the yearly arrival of Santa for the lake children to meet and tell their Christmas wishes. And fear not; the pandemic won’t be stopping Kris Kringle from making his way downtown. However, there are a number of small changes that will be implemented to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Chamber Executive Director Trish Creach says that the weekend festivities will begin Friday night as residents are able to drive into any of the quadrants of the square to watch the Drive-Up Light Up event. Parked vehicles should tune into 107.9, which will broadcast the ceremony starting at 5:30. Attendees are encouraged to stay and enjoy the music and lights to start the season off right.

On Saturday, Christmas on the Square will officially start at 10:00 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. Santa will be arriving with Mrs. Clause and the Grinch at 11:00 a.m. and will follow with photos. However, children will not be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap this year, but instead sit next to Santa for the photo. They will still be allowed to tell Santa their Christmas wishes.

Creach says that they have also implemented a number of safety features around the event, including all food items being prepacked. They will also keep certain games safe by reducing the number of kids coming in contact with them, such as having a single person drop the Plinko game token instead of the children themselves. The petting zoo is still not confirmed to be at the event, though it is hopeful.

Creach says that it has been a challenging year to set up community events with a theme of safety in mind, though they are becoming more and more confident in their ability to do so as the year moves on. She says the whole chamber is thrilled to be able to still host a community event and bring people some joy that is sorely needed in 2020.

Overall, parents and children alike can still expect a great holiday weekend event, just with a few safety features in place to make sure everyone goes home healthy.

“We want to reassure everyone that this is a safe event and Santa is still coming to town,” Creach said.