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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 12, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to town

Nov 27, 2017

By Morrgan Bouler, Mt. Pleasant News Intern

 

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll have some new digs in Mt. Pleasant.

As Mt. Pleasant’s Central Park is transformed into Pleasantville for Holiday on Main, children will be able to visit Santa in his new house, according to Main Street Mt. Pleasant Director Lisa Oetken.

Oetken said the new house was needed so more children could easily tell Santa their holiday wishes. While the old house was getting older and a little rundown, the main problem was that it was not up to code.

“A child with a wheelchair could not go up to see Santa. Santa would have had to come out. This new house will have small ramps, two doors, and it will be ADA compliant,” explained Oetken.

The old house always sat on the north side of Central Park. “It’s why we called it the ‘North Pole’ at the time,” said Oetken, “because everything electrical was on that one pole. The new one will probably be on the Northeast corner.”

This isn’t the first time Santa has had to move locations. For the past three years, Santa has set up shop in Amy Becker’s Photography. It certainly is a popular event, as the line of kids has extended all the way to the fountain, according to Oetken.

Along with a new Santa house, the square will take on a new look. Instead of the North Pole, Central Park will become Pleasantville, a whimsical take on Whoville.

“We wanted something different. I tried to play off a little bit with the steam engine (in Central Park) with its multiple colors and it was something we could build off too. I just wanted to go away from the live windows and go to more whimsical decorations and more activities for kids,” said Oetken.

Oetken, who claims to be a “white light” person, said branching out and decking out the park in multicolored lights was a stretch for her. “It goes against everything I believe in,” she joked.

Families can step into Pleasantville and enjoy the multicolored lights and visit with Santa Claus in his new house on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m. There will be a multitude of activities to enjoy at this event. From horse and carriage rides, eating chestnuts that were roasted over an open fire and kid’s activities galore, families shouldn’t be bored. Oetken added there will still be some live windows during the event.

For those missing the old Santa house, fear not as it has been moved and is now part of Old Threshers’ Holiday Festival of Lights.

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