Santa will read for children at Recreation Center on Dec. 21

John Thompson • Updated Dec 12, 2017 at 8:13 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Santa Claus has become a regular visitor to the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department and will be holding his Third Annual Story Time with Santa on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is held at the Elizabethton Recreation Center at 300 W. Mill St. in Blackbottom.

Good little boys and girls will enjoy free inflatables, cookies and milk while Santa reads a story. In addition to hearing Santa read to them, the children can also take home a free book.

Although the event is relatively new, the Parks and Recreation Department said it has grown each year, with last year’s story time attracting 150 children.

The department said the event is made possible thanks to such community partners as the University of Tennessee Extension Service and Fun Time Inflatables. The free books are provided by the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library.

After hearing Santa’s story, the children will get the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him want they want for Christmas, just in time to get it in Santa’s pack for his Christmas Eve trip.

While the child is visiting with Santa, there will be a photographer on hand, or mom and dad can take a photo.

This will be Santa’s second visit to the Parks and Recreation Department. Before he rode down Elk Avenue on the back of a fire truck during the annual Christmas parade, Santa sat in a special throne made for him on the Covered Bridge Stage and met with boys and girls.

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