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Santa comes to breakfast
Hundreds attend the annual event
Santa Breakfast pic
It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Rock Creek Park on Saturday for the annual Breakfast with Santa event that also included carriage rides and a petting zoo. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Hundreds of children waited in line to pass on a Christmas wish list to Santa Claus when he visited Rock Creek Park Saturday morning.


After arriving in a horse drawn carriage for the park’s annual Breakfast with Santa event, the big guy in red posed for pictures and talked to the good little girls and boys for about three hours before returning to the North Pole.


Santa said the lists of Christmas gifts the kids wanted this year included the usual: dolls, bikes and video games.


But a few were a little more out of the ordinary, such as the 3-year-old asked Santa to bring him a poultry hauling truck.


The little boy assured Santa he had been good all year, Santa said.


Now in its third year, organizer Buffie Hamil said the event had grown from last year.


“We had a lot of really positive feedback moving the event into the gymnasium where we had more room for everyone and were able to offer more attractions,” she said.


In addition to offering breakfast and photos with Santa, live Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces where available, as well as horse-drawn carriage rides around the park and a petting zoo.


“We were a little worried about the carriage rides at first. It was very cold and was kind of sprinkling, but I think everyone just saw that as being part of winter and the holidays,” Hamil said.