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Santa to visit Rec Center Saturday for Santa's World of Wonders

Recreation Center employees Michelle Walker, Rose Newbold and Lori Santana prepare for Santa’s World of Wonders last week. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Recreation Center employees Michelle Walker, Rose Newbold and Lori Santana prepare for Santa’s World of Wonders last week. Ryan Williams/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Christmas is right around the corner, and kids will have a chance to get in the holiday spirit with games, crafts and a visit with St. Nick at the Williams Recreation Center's Santa's World of Wonders.

The free event takes place Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Rec Center, 300 W. Railroad Avenue.

Santa has been visiting the Rec Center since about 1999, and usually 300 to 400 people attend the event, according to Rec Center Director Rose Newbold.

The highlight of the event is a visit from Santa Claus. A professional photographer will be available to take pictures of kids sharing their Christmas lists with St. Nick. A 4x6 photo is $3 and a 5x7 is $6. Parents can also bring their own cameras.

First Baptist Church members also attend Santa's World of Wonders and hand out winter wear like gloves, hats, scarves and sometimes sweaters.

"They will bring piles and piles," Newbold said. "Anybody who's in need of any warm items for winter can come and get them for free. The community lines up for those."

For the arts and crafts portion of the event, kids can decorate pinecone and train ornaments. Kids can also play games like bowling, plinko, and a beanbag toss to win prizes.

The event will also include refreshments and every child will receive a goody bag. New to the event this year is an area where kids can decorate their own brownies.

"We have frosting and we have sprinkles and the kids can come and frost their own brownies," Newbold said. "We did that for Halloween and it really went over. The kids just loved it."

Newbold encouraged local families to take advantage of the event.

"This is our community event and it's free for the community and it's fun and you'll enjoy it," she said. "So come down and enjoy Santa's World of Wonders."

More information is available at (928) 635-1496.

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