Nothing really beats seeing a child’s eyes light up when they see Santa Claus, or even seeing a child with the opposite reaction, bursting into to tears after being forced to sit on the lap of some chubby, bearded man in a red suit. The secular part of modern Christmas is for children and for the memories we have of our own childhoods around this time of year.
There were lots of events in the South End and Central District of Seattle that gave children and their families a chance to visit with Santa, have fun, and create new memories.
Starting at the beginning of December, the Royal Esquire Club held a Holiday Bazaar, where people could do a little shopping, have their photo taken with Santa and also get free gifts for their children and everything they need to make Christmas dinner at home.
The Rainier Beach Merchants Association association held “Light Up The Beach 2018” where the community was invited to celebrate the holidays at local businesses. Families could enjoy fresh cookies and do arts and crafts at Merrill and Merrill or cross the street and watch dance performances at Rainier Dance Center and—of course—get a free photo with Santa at the Safeway.
NAAM was open to families Dec. 15 and 16 with free presents for kids and another chance to see Santa.
There was also an event entirely focused on children, the Creative Youth Holiday Carnival at Midtown Center which included youth vendors and lots of opportunity for kids to create art, dance, listen to storytelling, and have fun.
And if the children in your life still hadn’t had a chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas they could swing by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Sunday and write a list, drop a letter in Santa’s mailbox, or tell him in person.
Northwest African American Museum
Light Up The Beach
Creative Youth Holiday Carnival
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Featured Image: Chukundi Salisbury plays Santa at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Susan Fried)