SOUTHINGTON â€“ The volunteers of Southingtonâ€™s Fire Department Company 3 are â€śhonored to serve as Santaâ€™s chaufferâ€ť Sunday, says Fire Chief Richard Butler, as â€śJolly Old Saint Nicholasâ€ť joins them for their annual breakfast.
â€śSanta is looking forward to a large turnout,â€ť said Chief Butler. â€śWe were again lucky enough to bring Santa to Recreation Park Pavilion this year for the annual Santa in the Park. In return, Santa will be making his traditional appearance at Southington Fire Company 3â€™s Annual Breakfast with Santa.â€ť
Southington Fire Company 3â€™s Annual Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Fire Station 3, located at 35 Clark St. It will be a buffet-style, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with proceeds benefitting the Fire Department.
Last year, Santa arrived in a fire truck â€śdoing its best impression of Santaâ€™s sleigh.â€ť Engine 31 and Ladder 3 were decorated with Christmas wreaths donated by the local Home Depot for the occasion.
As for Santa in the Park, the Southington Recreation Department has hosted that event for more than 40 years on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, which fell on Nov. 25 this year. The event, open each year to town residents 10 and under, was held at the Community Pavilion at the Southington Drive-In. There, children were able to hand Santa hand-written letters and share their Christmas wish list with him. They also received goodie bags from Santaâ€™s elf helpers, hot chocolate and cookies and could go on a horse-drawn hayride while listening to classic Christmas music.
Admission to Breakfast with Santa is a $5 donation for guests 13 and over, a $3 donation for kids 7 to 12 and free for children 6 years old and under.
Southington Fire Department Company 3 will have a gluten-free mix this year so that option will be available to those with special dietary requirements. However, Southington Fire Department Company 3 requests that those who want gluten-free pancakes contact them in advance so that they can get a head-count.
Those with questions or those who want gluten-free pancakes are encouraged to send a message to Southington Fire Department Company 3 on their Facebook page, facebook.com/southingtonfd3.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.