Despite the area’s beach location and relatively mild temperatures, Santa Claus and his posse will make appearances at several Ocean Pines events. Local children and adult believers are encouraged to attend.
Santa will begin his visit to Ocean Pines with “Breakfast with Santa Claus & Friends” on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8 – 11 am at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway. The entire family can enjoy breakfast and take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The cost is free for children ages 3 and under, $4 for children ages 4-10 and $6 for ages 11 and up. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new gift or nonperishable food item for local families in need.
The Reindeer Lane Gift Shop, also held on Dec. 5 from 8-11 am at the community center, is a holiday “store” where children ages 12 and under will be able to purchase gifts for family and friends. Items for children and adults, all nominally priced, will be available. Donations for the shop are also being accepted.
Following these events, Santa will be visiting with children weekly in White Horse Park, located across from the community center. He will be available for lap-sitting, pictures and wish lists every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-2 pm starting Sunday, Dec. 6 until Sunday, Dec. 20. There is no charge for this Santa experience.
Santa will wrap up his stay by donning swim trunks and flip-flops at the 8th annual Swim with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 am-1 pm at the Sports Core Pool, located at 11143 Cathell Road. 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.
All of these events are open to the public. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052. Information regarding additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, is available at OceanPines.org.