BRISTOL - The Prospect United Methodist Church is selling tickets for its third annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The event is organized by the Middle Ages Group, explained Luisa Gladu of the church, and the profits go towards the church’s general fund.
Attendees will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet and then Santa will make his grand entrance before he goes into his workshop and gets ready to meet guests, Gladu said. She added that guests will then be divided into three groups and taken on a journey led by the group leader.
“Each group will get to see a magic show, do arts and crafts, be treated to a reading of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and sing some Christmas songs. They will get to spend time with our special guests Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Frozen,” Gladu said. “They also have the opportunity to shop in the Elf Mart to do their Christmas shopping. Of course, each child will be able to talk to Santa one-on-one and have their photo taken with him.”
The special guests will be in the church’s Sessions Hall, which transports guests into a winter wonderland. The parlor is Santa’s Workshop and there is Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Palace, Gladu said.
The Elf Mart will feature items donated by the congregation and is only open for children throughout the morning to do their Christmas shopping for family and friends. “What we find funny is some of the people who donate the treasures to sell actually might get them back when the kids purchase them,” Gladu said.
“It truly is a fun, magical day,” she added. “Our main goal is that the children and families enjoy a delicious breakfast and that they make wonderful memories. They have activities that will entertain them and they get to bring their arts and craft projects home as well as the photo with Santa.”
The Dec. 9 breakfast requires reservations and tickets sell out quickly, Gladu said. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guests will be seated by Santa’s elves, and at 9 a.m. the hot buffet will be served. A snow date is slated for the following Saturday, Dec. 16.
Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased by calling Tammy Kelly at 860-874-8239, or by calling the church office at 860-582-3443. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children between 3 and 12, and $5 for children under the age of 2.
Because there is usually a wait list, Gladu noted that tickets need to be paid in full when ordered or within one week of the reservation date.
Tickets will not be sold at the door but will be on sale in Sessions Hall every Sunday after the church’s 10 a.m. service. The church is located at 99 Summer St.
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