Christmas present

Colchester's Dinner with Santa is sold out this year.

Colchester’s first Dinner with Santa since 2019 is sold out for this year though residents still hoping to attend can get on a waitlist for the event.

Colchester Parks and Recreation Program Director Jenniffer Turmel, who started the event in Colchester 20 years ago, said the Dinner with Santa used to be a Breakfast with Santa, but now attendees eat breakfast food at dinner time.

At the Colchester Middle School, the children will then meet Santa, receive a gift, hunt for candy canes and listen to “The Night Before Christmas” read by Santa.

Turmel said the annual event was put on a pause in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the event is split into two time slots to minimize the amount of people in a room at once, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

For every year of the event’s existence, the Colchester Lions Club has helped cook the food.

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