Take into consideration the age and personality of a child before meeting Santa. Babies are the most likely to cry. Santa is a stranger and anxiety can mount when tossed into his unfamiliar arms. If a baby or toddler does not like individuals they do not know holding them, chances are they are not going to appreciate meeting Santa.
Shy children are going to have the same issues. So be realistic with expectations. It would be ideal if a frightened child could have a few minutes to warm up to Santa, but most lines are long to meet Santa and children do not get this luxury.
Be reasonable and do not force a child to do something that terrifies them. Preparing a child in advance can help with anxiety sometimes. Show the child photos of Santa and discuss what meeting him will be like. Talk about the kind of man Santa is. Be positive and encourage them. Help a child to understand that Santa can be intimidating for anyone.
Find locations or choose times when Santa meetings are less crowded. Large crowds and lengthy lines stress everyone out. Santa photos are not just for kids. So if a child is exceptionally nervous, take the picture together and keep a good sense of humor. All situations cannot be controlled. This year’s Santa photo may be of a screaming child, a snapshot that will not be forgotten – there is always next year. Smile and make the memory.
Santa sighting locations for all ages before Santa head back to the NorthPole.
Santa Claus Christmas Celebration in Santa Claus, Indiana, will be December 4-6. Christmas dinner will be served with Santa at Santa’s Lodge and Lake Rudolph will host its annual “Santa Claus Land of Lights’” that stretches 1.2 miles.
Historic Downtown Newburgh hosts its annual Newburgh Celebrates Christmas December 5-6, 2015. Visitors can enjoy an exquisite Christmas backdrop with shopping and numerous special events all while promenading through chestnut scented streets. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be from 10-12 Saturday and 1-3 Saturday and Sunday at Town Hall.
On Saturday, Dec 5 starting at 7:30, Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science will host a magical evening filled with holiday cheer. Enjoy a special reading of The Polar Express in the train’s club car and be treated to hot cocoa and cookies in the train’s dining car. All festivities take place in the Museum’s Transportation Center. Families will also get to visit with Santa and receive a special gift. This event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children under two can sit on the lap of the ticket-holding adult. 812-425-2406, ext. 226 or emuseum.org.
Come fetch a photo with Santa on Saturday, Dec 12, at It Takes A Village Canine Rescue Center, 1417 Stockwell Road. Animals and children are welcome to take photos with Santa. All money raised goes to support It Takes a Village Canine Rescue. Photos are $15 each. Call 812-250-9247 or go to itvrescue.org for more information.
Have breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 609 Southeast Second St.Tickets are $5. This event benefits The Royal School of Church Music choir programs.
December 4-6, 2015, come celebrate in the quaint town of New Harmony, with Christmas in New Harmony. The Holiday Season could not be more charming roaming through decorated streets. Christmas in New Harmony is a Festival filled with family friendly events like photos with Santa, live music, and shopping. For more information, check out visitnewharmony.com.
On December 12 slip into Dickens’ Christmas Carol, and enjoy a delightful holiday event on Franklin Street. Franklin Street Event Associates hosts its second Dickens Christmas on Franklin and Winter Bazaar from 1-4pm. The Bazaar will return for one day with winter produce, food vendors, and specialty craft vendors.
West Side Nut Club’s Santa Land will be held, December 12-13 and 19-20, from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. It is located at the corner of Franklin and 10th streets. Photographs with Santa are taken in a large tent.
So Jingle all the way and ‘tis the season for Santa spotting throughout the ti-state area. Christmas cheer can be found at all these fabulous events.