Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Wright-Patterson Club Dec. 4 for the annual holiday tree lighting evening. (Skywrighter file photo)

Santa visits Wright-Patt Club Dec. 4 for holiday tree lighting

Santa’s sleigh touches down Dec. 4 at the Wright-Patterson Club for the base holiday tree lighting, 5-8 p.m.

The event is free and open to anyone with base access.

The holiday tree lighting begins with a short opening ceremony featuring holiday music, the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the brand-new, 20-foot holiday tree, to start the holiday season. Some of Santa’s reindeer will also be present.

After the tree lighting, events continue inside the club. Children have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap, receive a photo with Santa and even get a present, said Sarah Burkhart, 88th Force Support Squadron event organizer.

Other events during the evening include ornament decorating, stocking decorating and children’s bingo, as well as a holiday buffet and a hot cocoa bar.

An ice-skating rink will also be set up that night, with skates available for use.

Santa’s appearance is only a warmup for his holiday travels, and the beginning of his interactions with the military. The North American Aerospace Defense Command will begin tracking Santa Dec. 1. Children and the young-at-heart are able to follow Santa’s holiday travels at www.noradsanta.org.

The Holiday Tree Lighting is hosted by the 88th Force Support Squadron.

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