Scores of children met Santa Claus at the Saline Rec Center Thursday evening.
They sat on Santa’s lap, told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and then posed for pictures for mom and dad. They also played games and enjoyed cookies and cocoa.
Saline District Library youth librarian Paula Schaffner read Twas The Night Before Christmas and told other stories to the children.
So what did the children ask for? According to Santa, the children seemed to want a lot of Pokemon toys. There were also requests for some old standbys , like Barbie dolls. Two little girls climbed up on Santa’s lap and they both asked for guitars.
On the naughty and nice scale, Saline’s kids are trending heavy towards nice, Santa said.
Here are two other chances to visit Santa this weekend.
On Saturday morning, kid can catch up with Santa at the Busch’s shopping center. Treasure Trail to Santa takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children pick up their map at Physical Therapy in Motion and make their way from store to store until finding Santa. There are also carriage rides, refreshments and a photo booth. The event is free.
At noon on Sunday, Brewed Awakenings hosts Santa at the café. Kids can meet Santa in his cozy chair by the fireplace for some milk and cookies and a photograph. The event runs until 3 p.m. The cost is a $5 donation to the ChadTough Foundation.
There are other holiday events in Saline this weekend.
For a historical take on Christmas, visit the Rentschler Farm Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Guests are invited to experience Christmas as it was on a Depression-era farm in Saline. The museum is located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave., in Saline. Donations are accepted.
People are invited to Eluminous Studios for “Cookies and Canvas” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Children can create a holiday themed painting and decorate six cookies to take home to the family. The cost is $40. Eluminous Studios is located at 1205 Industrial Drive.
Saturday night St. Paul United Church of Christ hosts a Gospel Christmas concert at 7 p.m. One Voice Gospel Choir and Don’t Hold Back Youth Choir will perform.
On Sunday, Dance Alliance presents The Nutcracker at 2 and 7 p.m. at Saline High School. Tickets are $13.