BRISTOL â€“ Santaâ€™s sleigh is swinging by Prospect United Methodist Church Dec. 15 for their annual â€śBreakfast with Santaâ€ť fundraiser and tickets are on sale now.
The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa at Prospect United Methodist Church at 99 Summer St. Santaâ€™s elves will help seat the guests and then, at 9 a.m., a hot breakfast buffet will be served with scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and pancakes that can be decorated like reindeer. The event will run until 12:30 p.m. Seating is reserved and no tickets will be sold at the door.
â€śOnce everyone is done eating breakfast Santa makes his grand entrance and goes into his workshop to get ready to meet his guests,â€ť said Luisa Gladu of Prospect United Methodist Church. â€śWe have a sound bite that plays which sounds like sleigh bells and reindeer hooves of the roof of the church. Guests will then be divided into three groups, Teddy Bear, Snowflake and Snowman, and their group leader will take them on their journey. Of course each child will be able to talk to Santa one on one and have their photo taken with him and get a copy of the photo to take home.â€ť
Gladu said that each group will get to see two magicians perform a magic show, do arts and crafts and listen to a reading of â€śTwas The Night Before Christmas.â€ť They will also sing Christmas songs and get to spend time with special guests Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Disneyâ€™s Frozen.
Guests will also get to do their Christmas shopping at the churchâ€™s Elf Mart.
â€śElf Mart is only open for the children throughout the morning for them to able to do their Christmas Shopping for their families and friends,â€ť said Gladu. â€śItems in Elf Mart are donated by the congregation. It includes jewelry, statues, stuffed animals, ornaments and other knick knacks. No items are more than $3 or $5.â€ť
This is our Prospect United Methodist Churchâ€™s fourth year putting on this event. In past years, Gladu said that the church was able to fill all 100 seats.
â€śThe Middle Ages Group, who also put on the Annual Renaissance Dinners, organizes this event,â€ť she said. â€śIt is a fundraiser for the Prospect United Methodist Church and profits go towards our General Fund. Sessions Hall is transported into a Winter Wonderland, the Parlor is Santaâ€™s Workshop and the corner entrance becomes Anna & Elsaâ€™s Frozen Palace. Our chapel is where the Magic Show is held.â€ť
Gladu encouraged people who plan to attend to purchase their tickets soon because this event sells out fast.
â€śIt truly is a fun, magical day,â€ť she said. â€śOur 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 crafts project home as well as the photo with Santa.â€ť
Gladu noted that some tickets have been donated by â€śChristmas Angels,â€ť church members who wanted to make sure that families unable to participate were able to do so.
To purchase tickets, call Luisa Gladu at 860-582-8383 or the church office at 860-582-3443.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children 3 to 12 and $5 for children younger than 2.
Tickets need to be paid in full when ordered or within one week of reservation date. Tickets are also on sale every Sunday after the 10 a.m. service in Sessions Hall.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.