Saturday, Dec. 6 was a special day for many local children. News of a slumbering Santa in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall spread quickly in the early hours of the morning. Children, afraid that Santa would sleep through Christmas, arrived at city hall with their parents and grandparents. Armed with an assortment of noisemakers, they silently tiptoed into the Community Room precisely at 8:30 a.m. At the count of three, they excitedly shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” accompanied by the noisemakers. A sleepy and surprised Santa awoke from his nap and invited the children to spend the morning with him. (Photo – Left: Santa Claus goes over Lacey Skime’s good girl list with her, regarding all the good things she’s done this past year and what she wants for Christmas. For a minimal fee, children attending Wake Up Santa every December have the opportunity for such a one-on-one experience with Santa. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photograhy))
After a delicious breakfast, served by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers, the kids spent their time talking to Santa and playing Santa Bingo and Pin the Nose on Rudolph. They were delighted to learn that Santa found their names in the Good Boys and Girls Book and that he seemed to know just what they wanted for Christmas. He also knew other pertinent information, such as names of their siblings, teachers and pets as well as things they did well or needed to improve on. Photographer Brian Cipra was on hand to capture this special visit with Santa.
Santa’s Secret Gift Shop was open for kids to purchase gifts for loved ones, caregivers, and pets with the help of Santa’s elves. Children were invited to make and take a Christmas ornament at Santa’s Workshop. Chance, the animal shelter’s large and furry mascot, kept the kids entertained while waiting for their visit with Santa. Area Girl Scouts also helped with this event.
Wake Up Santa is an annual fundraiser sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and is held on the first Saturday of December. (Photo – Right: Santa Claus has been so busy this year that he fell asleep on the job. But on Dec. 6, local youths, with their parents and grandparents, participated in the annual Wake Up Santa event at City Hall. Shaking noisemakers as loud as they could, they shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” and the jolly, old elf himself woke with a cheery greeting in front of everyone in attendance.)
Wake Up Santa is an annual fundraiser sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and is held on the first Saturday of December.