At the invitation of the Key Peninsula Civic Center’s Patricia Ghiossi, Key Peninsula News designer Tim Heitzman and photographer/writer Lisa Bryan created and photographed scenes with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the busy and popular event.

Assisted by expert Elf Caitlin Cahoun (shown here), Mr. and Mrs. Claus, aka Tim and Linda Lorang, greeted and cajoled more than 60 sittings, ranging from a crying 11-month-old to the entire middle school jazz band. Photographer Bryan captured each at their best in the holiday portrait setting.

The free photos, provided as a courtesy by this newspaper and the Civic Center, were delivered by email after the event.

Even though some families waited in line for up to 20 minutes, the time spent on Santa’s lap was truly a winter warm-up.