Santa returning to WISH Centre on Saturday

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Santa’s coming to Chatham for pancakes on Dec. 9, and everyone is welcome to join him.

East Side Pride’s Breakfast with Santa returns to the WISH Centre on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. The event runs until 11:30 a.m. and is free.

The annual event has been running for nearly a decade, but it is the first one since 2019 due to the pandemic.

“It has grown every year to over 400 people for breakfast, holiday celebrations, music and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus,” officials said in a media release.

Bev Webster, chair of East Side Pride, said they fill the gym at the WISH Centre with people for the event.

Firefighters, police and EMS personnel volunteer to cook and serve the food.

There will be events for the children, including a colouring station and a cookie decorating area.

Santa is expected to sneak down the chimney about 11 a.m., Webster said.

To help cover expenses, the East Side Pride crew is back in the WISH Centre that evening for a turkey/ham bingo, she added.

The bingo begins at 6 p.m. Cards are $10 for a two-strip book and specials are $1 each.

There’s also a raffle table, where tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

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