Dover Youth to Youth helps prepare for Santa weekends
James Travis, 5, of Dover, informed Santa he hoped for a garbage truck, snow for Christmas and another baby sister. They got a chance to talk Wednesday as Dover Youth to Youth prepares to welcome children to the 7th annual Santa’s Castle at the McConnell Center. (JOHN QUINN/Union Leader Correspondent)
Members of Dover Youth to Youth have been busy preparing for his arrival for the 7th annual Santa’s Castle, which is sponsored by radio station WTSN and The Bay. It is scheduled to run from 2-6:30 p.m. for the next two weekends to raise funds for anti-drug programs in the city.
Two of the visitors — James, 4, and Lily, 2, Travis, both of Dover — enjoyed decorating cookies, coloring festive pictures, hearing holiday music, making ornaments, seeing Christmas movies and meeting Santa, who asked what he could try and bring this year.
Santa, who wore the suit his mother made for him, promised to do what he could.
John Nash, 12, of Dover, said it’s a lot of work to decorate the many rooms, find a festive costume — usually with green or red leggings — and prepare to guide visitors through the season.
“I came here every year when I was little,” Dudley said.
“I had a little girl who once asked (Santa) for a unicorn and a pink flying car,” Schneider recalled.
Mitchell said about 150 to 200 people stop by each night. He added it takes about 30 minutes to navigate all of the activities at the event, but some people just stop by for a photo with Santa.
Mitchell said there will be a toy soldier, a giant teddy bear, the gingerbread man, about 25 elves and live music from the Winter Parking Band.
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