Another successful year for Santa’s visit to the Beaver Dam

December 3, 2018

Paisley Larson visits with Santa Claus during the Christmas Open House at the Heffron White House on Saturday. It was the 34th year of the celebration staged by the Heffron family and open to the community.

Santa Claus made his appearance at the Christmas Open House at the Heffron White House again this year, to the smiling faces of children and parents who remember the experience themselves.

It was the 34th year that Santa has visited the Heffron White House, 112 Washington St., said house owner Tom Heffron. Each year, between 150-200 children come to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas and sing a song with Santa.

Ben Larson brought his family to visit with Santa on Saturday and remembered coming to see Santa himself when he was a child.

“My family were friends with the Heffrons, so we’d come every time to visit with Santa,” Larson said. “I think it is really cool that a lot of the stuff is the same as it was 25 years ago. It’s a memorable tradition, and it is still going on.”

The event is free with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer greeting families at the door. Inside, children can play with some of the toys left out for them or go directly to the line waiting to meet Santa Claus. Santa spends time with each child, while his elves give out candy canes and a Christmas stocking.

“It’s always fun to see here and see Frosty, Rudolph and Santa and to look at the cool stuff when we come through here,” said Emily Bates, who first visited Santa in the home when she was a child.

Heffron said that there was one thing different this year than what was seen in the past.

“It’s the first year there has been rain during Santa’s visit in the 34 years,” Heffron said.

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