You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus can come for a home visit in December. The Portage Township YMCA is offering three dates to choose from for their Annual Santa Visits. Participants can choose from December 9th or December 16th for $25 per household or December 23rd for only $50 per household. There is a maximum of 15 visits per date and the price covers gifts from Santa for up to two children. Additional children who will be present and receiving a gift are $2.00 each paid at the time of registration.
In 2020, the world was shook with the COVID-19 Pandemic and like all businesses and organizations, the Portage Township YMCA had to pivot, shift, and change. Traditionally during the Christmas season, the Y had hosted An Evening with Santa which took place at the Y, located at 3100 Willowcreek Road in Portage, but the large crowd the event would draw couldn’t align with the CDC guidance at that time. After a few brainstorming sessions, Santa Visits became the Y’s new Christmas event.
You might be asking yourself, what’s the big deal with Santa visiting your home? Aside from the fact this guy flies around the world in a sleigh, pulled by reindeer, in one single night, most children BELIEVE in the magic of Christmas and there isn’t anything more magical than bringing it to life right before their eyes.
For more information about Santa Visits at the Portage Y and to reserve your spot, contact the YMCA at (219) 762-9622 or sign-up online at https://bit.ly/47LkLFN. To learn more about the Portage Township YMCA visit www.ymcaofportage.org.
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