The Woodward News

December 18, 2013

Santa plans visit to museum

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Children will have the chance to get in their last minute Christmas wishes when Santa comes to visit the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum this Saturday.

Museum Director Robert Roberson said that Santa will be available to visit with kiddos between between 11 a.m. and noon and then from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

He said Santa will be set up in the museum's gallery room where he will be surrounded by the museum's current gingerbread display and other jolly decorations.

"We have this whole big beautiful back drop and a red carpet and a cookie arch that kids will walk through to see him," Roberson said.

Museum staff will also be dressed up for the occasion and will help direct children toward Santa, he said.

"I'm going to be dressed like an elf myself," he said.

The museum will also have a camera set up and will take pictures of the children with Santa for those who would like one, Roberson said.

"But parents are also welcome to take their own photos with their phones or whatever they wish," he said.

This is the first year that the museum has hosted Santa for a holiday visit.

Roberson said it's because the museum wanted to add something new to its annual holiday gingerbread contest.

That's why Santa's visit is being held in conjunction with the awards reception for the gingerbread contest, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, he said.

"We wanted to make it more of a festive thing for families and it's just another way for us to reach out to the community," Roberson said, noting "I hope all the kids will come out and tell Santa their wish list."