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Santa has breakfast with kids
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Santa is surprised to hear what 8-year-old Kaitlyn Mingledorff wants for Christmas as her brothers Noah, 7, and Isaiah, 5, wait their turns to visit with him. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Santa Claus was making his list and checking it twice as he stopped for breakfast Saturday morning in Dawsonville.

"Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas," Claus chuckled.

Santa was the main attraction during the annual breakfast event at Rock Creek Park. Hundreds lined up early for a chance to share their Christmas hopes with him.

Santa said the wish lists featured many of the usual requests, including wagons, dolls, games and trains.

There was never a question about what Tate Tangel was planning to ask Santa to bring him.

The 3-year-old can't stop talking about getting a "big Polar Express train and a Captain America shield."

Older brother Tyler told Santa he wants a hammer like the one comic book hero Thor uses.

The siblings reassured Santa they have not been naughty this year and should be on his "nice" list.

"All the boys and girls said they've been good," Santa said.

Now in its fourth year, the Breakfast with Santa event continues to grow, said organizer Buffie Hamil.

"It was a huge success. I think we had more people come out this year than we ever have before," she said.

In addition to breakfast and photos with Santa, live Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces were available. Visitors could also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides around the park.