Santa House open for ‘business’

Savanah Mongar was one of the first to visit with Santa Claus when the Jolly Old Elf opened for "business' Wednesday night in downtown Grand Haven.
Mark Brooky
Dec 8, 2011

 

Just outside the door of the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club’s Santa House, the giggly 4-year-old West Olive girl said she was excited to see Santa for the first time. While she said she’s been “a good girl” all year, Savanah looked up at her grandmother, Theresa Hanson of Grand Haven, for affirmation.

“Let’s hope he doesn’t really know everything,” Hanson said.

Regardless, Savanah climbed on Santa’s lap and didn’t hesitate to tell him she wanted a Nintendo DS gaming system for Christmas. She also asked Santa where he was keeping his reindeer.

“Well, the reindeer are at the North Pole right now,” Santa told her.

Santa then told Savanah that his favorite cookie was oatmeal raisin, and the girl agreed.

“Will you leave some cookies and milk out for me?” Santa asked her.

The Santa House is located between Fifth Third Bank and Jumpin’ Java on Washington Avenue. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there until Dec. 23. Hours are 6-8 tonight and Friday night; 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14-16 and 21-23; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17.

While the Kiwanis Club doesn’t charge families to visit Santa, the organization is asking for donations. Kiwanis Club member William Swano said donations will go to

The Salvation Army for its various Christmas programs to help families in need.

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