The sight and sound of a merry ol’ fella wearing a red suit, carrying a bag full of goodies and, in some cases, riding on his sleigh escorted by a firetruck can only mean one thing: Santa is cruising the Key Peninsula neighborhoods to say hello to boys and girls, and of course hand out some candy. Watch for him and his helpers around your neighborhood between Dec. 11 and 18. (See Santa’s exact schedule (PDF))

But Santa and Mrs. Claus’ block visits are not the only holiday events around town. Here are a few more:

  • Dec. 6, come to the Lakebay Community Church (Cornwall Road in Lakebay) at 7:15 for an evening of Christmas songs and entertainment.
  • Dec. 7 at the KC Corral, the traditional Key Peninsula Tree Lighting begins at 4 p.m. Holiday music and refreshments are part of the celebration—which certainly wouldn’t be the same without Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will drop by while getting ready for their bigger tour around the Peninsula the following week.
  • Save time for Dec. 6 and 10 to do some holiday shopping. The S.A.V.E. Thrift Store in Purdy will serve refreshments and holiday items for sale at its Dec. 6 open house; Cost Less Drugs in Wauna has asked Santa to come by for a photo session on Dec. 10, and will be serve refreshments and special sales at its annual open house.
  • The Longbranch Community Church will present its annual Christmas musical program on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The gala event will include Yuletide songs, the Christmas story by the church youth, and a performance by the Key Singers. This year’s festivities are under the direction of Oliver Coldeen. On Dec. 24, everyone is invited to a Christmas Eve service. The Longbranch Community Church is the oldest religious meeting place on the Peninsula, located on the Key Peninsula Highway at Longbranch.