It’s a time-honoured Christmas tradition for the young, young-at-heart and now our canine friends: having your photo taken with Santa.
Once again the merchants of the Stonebridge Town Centre in Wasaga Beach are hosting Santa’s Castle for photos with Santa.
Santa’s Castle is located in the Stonebridge Town Centre between Sunset Grill and Active Health Care and will be open from Dec. 4 to 21. You never know when the Stonebridge Princess will appear.
Photos cost $12 and the proceeds will be donated to the Wasaga Beach Public Library building fund: Santa’s Helpers are volunteers supporting this fund. The photography is sponsored by Wild Wing Wasaga Beach and the printing is sponsored by the UPS Store.
Santa is pretty busy, so his castle hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take your dog for a photo with St. Nick on Wednesday Dec. 10 and 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Global Pet Foods is supplying dog treats: last year 46 dogs visited Santa’s Castle.
Photos with Santa’s make great memories and gifts: they are a wonderful way to get energized for Christmas. It’s fun for kids and adults, so why not take a big smile, a few of your pals, your best guy or gal and have your photo taken with St. Nick.
“You are never too old to visit Santa,” says Mary Ann Watts of Wild Wing.
To generate a good photo, here are some tips:
•Take your little one after they’ve had a nap and perhaps something eat
•If your child is fussy take their favourite toy to help soothe them or make them smile
•Introduce them to Santa a few days before your photo day, so they won’t be scared
•Be patient with him or her
•For adults, go in with a sense of whimsy and joy
•Wear something comfortable and makes you feel great.
The Stonebridge Town Centre is located at 291 Main Street at Zoo Park Road in Wasaga Beach, just steps from Beach 1. Parking is free: http://stonebridgetowncentre.com/location-hours/.
- Erica Phillips