If your children have always wondered what it looks like inside Kris Kringle’s cozy cabin here’s their chance. The jolly man will be taking a break from toy making and relocating his toy-lover’s dream home from the North Pole to Ocean Pines.
Santa in the Park
Santa’s House will be open for visits on Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 and 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa with their holiday wishes. Those letters can be delivered to Santa’s special mailbox located inside the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. There is no charge for this Santa experience.
Breakfast with Santa Claus & Friends
Before your family visits Santa Claus to tell him how well-behaved you all have been, stop by the Ocean Pines Community Center to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa Claus & Friends” on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is free for children ages 3 and under, $5 for children ages 4-10 and $7 for ages 11 and up. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new gift or nonperishable food items for local families in need. Families can also bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to The Children’s House by The Sea.
Reindeer Lane Gift Shop
The Reindeer Lane Gift Shop, also held on Dec. 2 from 8 to11 a.m. at the community center, is a holiday “store” where children will be able to purchase gifts for family and friends. Items for children and adults, all $5 or less, will be available. Gift donations for the shop are now being accepted.
Swim with Santa
Kris Kringle is ditching the holiday-famed Santa suit for a pair of swim trunks and flip-flops at the annual “Swim with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool, located at 11143 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. The fee is $6 for swimmers and $3 for non-swimmers. Donations of food and unwrapped toys will also be accepted on behalf of the Worcester County Sheriff Department’s “Christmas for the Needy” program.
SantaCon 5K Fun Run
Santa will wrap up his stay in Ocean Pines by running in the first annual SantaCon 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 16 at noon. The family-friendly race benefits Achilles International Maryland Chapter, an organization that works to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in running events.
The pre-registration fee for the fun run is $25. Registration may be completed online at raceentry.com/races/ocean-pines-santa-con-5k-fun-run/2017/register or at the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235 Ocean Parkway. In-person registration on the day of the event is $35. The first 100 registered runners are guaranteed an event t-shirt.
All of these events are open to the public. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.