Kids can meet Santa Claus and celebrate the season at the “Mingle with Kringle” event on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. They can even wear pajamas for holiday festivities, including photos and a light breakfast with Santa, plus games and shopping at Millville fire hall, hosted by the Indian River High School Band Boosters.
“Anything to make it a nice, kind of old-fashioned indoor winter festival,” said Lisa Bird, Band Boosters president.
Kids can not only write a letter to Santa, but they’ll also receive a mailed response the following week.
Character “Olaf” from “Frozen” will also offer his signature “warm hugs” to children.
Admission costs $5 per person but is free for those 2 or younger.
Families can purchase tickets for other games and crafts, such as fishing for Christmas ornaments, a holiday beanbag toss and other children’s activities.
People can win homemade Christmas cookies in the “cookie walk” — similar to a cake walk, where a lucky winner gets the dessert of his choice in a musical-chairs-like game.
Vendors will also sell gift items for people to complete their holiday shopping.
The IR Band Boosters can accept cash or credit cards for admission costs. Payment may vary by individual vendor.
“It’s a good chance for families to get together, doing something special and make a memory,” said Bird. “We spend so much time … running around to activities, I think it’s nice to have a place where families can go for a morning and do something different.”
Proceeds will benefit the IR Band Boosters, who are preparing to send the band to Washington, D.C. Nominated by Gov. John Carney, the band has the honor of representing Delaware in the National Memorial Day Parade in May of 2019. (That’s in addition to the annual band trip, this year to Disney World.)
“We, as boosters, have committed to take every single student who wants to go, at no cost to them or their family,” which means fundraising harder than ever, Bird said. “We’re working real hard to fulfill that promise, which I am confident we will do.”
By Laura Walter