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Santa, kids and wildlife have jolly time at the park

December 2, 2018

COWARD, S.C. — A crowd turned out Saturday morning for Lynches River County Park’s annual Breakfast with Santa and Wildlife Winterfest.

“We invite folks in to have a big breakfast and Santa is on his way here now,” said Jennifer Majors, park superintendent, as she oversaw a host of elves and the final preparations for the event. “He’ll come in and they’ll be able to do some photos with Santa Claus, they’ll have some games going on in here and Santa has goody bags for all the kids as well.”

The event, a fixture at the park since 2014, delivered on the expectations of both kids and adults alike as Santa arrived and did pictures with children and adults alike atop the multi-purpose building’s stage — decked out with a comfortable chair, a fireplace with stocking hung by it with care and a Christmas tree.

As parents and park staff alike took pictures of kids with the right jolly old elf himself, excited children ran around the room, played games and reveled in the holiday spirit.

Following the breakfast the attendees, along with others who arrived after the meal, went over to the parks’ Environmental Discovery Center where children could write and mail letters to Santa, make arts and crafts at several points throughout the building, hit up a fire pit for s’mores, load up on hot chocolate with all the fixins’ (including marshmallows and peppermint sticks), walk throughout the center’s tree canopy system or hang with the four-legged and finned residents of the center.

A show by a wildlife educator, complete with his wildlife, was also on tap for the attendees.

The event is part of the park’s monthly first-Saturday events that give children a chance to experience the park and all it has to offer.

“This is one of the more special ones that we really love,” Majors said.

Saturday’s event took place under overcast, but otherwise dry skies.

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