The Starr Kids, Mrs. Starr, and I attended the arrival of Santa Claus at Hamilton’s Eastgate Square last weekend and it was fascinating to see the level of excitement and energy that this bearded man in big red suit can generate each and every time he makes an entrance. Joined by an entourage of lively entertainers singing, juggling, and even hoola-hooping, his Happy Elves along with Mrs. Claus escorted Santa into a court of rousing applause.
We found ourselves celebrating this 'joyous' affair with a crowd of all ages, belting out traditional holiday songs in sing-a-long style.
As parents, we don’t escape participation. In fact it’s kind of reassuring to know that we can never really out grow that desire for hope and happiness.
Something for everyone…
Crystal posed with the Nutcracker, while Michael thought about toys,
Steven enjoyed the juggling, and cheered with the other girls and boys.
Elizabeth found the unicycle funny, and couldn’t stop laughing aloud,
Matthew was impressed with Isabella Hoops, as Chris stood back from the crowd.
Mrs. Starr gave a smile, and music filled the air,
I captured the moment as Santa arrived at Eastgate Square.
The appearance of Santa helped to kick-off the CHCH TV Toy Drive which supports the East Hamilton Optimists, making sure local children will experience the magic of the holidays. If you want to take part you can drop off a new unwrapped gift for children or teens between November 20th and December 21st at CHCH or Eastgate Square.
CHCH is located at 163 Jackson Street West in Hamilton. Please park in the back off of Hunter Street, walk up the steps and leave your donation with security.
As many may already know, my sons Steven and Christopher live with Autism. I am happy to share that Eastgate Square is offering “Quiet Time With Santa” which gives children and teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder a chance to meet Santa in a more comfortable environment.
Quiet Time With Santa: Children and teens to age 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Special Needs can enjoy a craft area, entertainment by Santa’s Elves, St John Ambulance Therapy Dogs, and a free Santa photo package. Mall music will be turned off and lights dimmed to create a more comfortable environment. Sunday December 3, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Check out Homefront Cancer Services who are providing gift-wrapping services in Sears Court to raise funds for their organization, from November 19th on.
Eastgate Square is located at 75 Centennial Parkway North, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2P2
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