The Camden Area Chamber of Commerce will host a modified Santa in the Village Park on Friday, December 11, beginning at 4:30.

With the uncertainty of this year we’ve all experienced, the Chamber of Commerce wasn’t sure they’d be able to host Mr. Claus as they have in the past. Santa put his boot down and insisted he gets to see the kids this year. We couldn’t say “No” to the big guy so we made a plan to host Santa with some modifications to keep everyone safe. We’re counting on all visitors to be patient and follow the safety precautions we’ve put in place. As I’m sure you can imagine, this plan is assuming no additional county or state restrictions get announced from now until December 11 that would prevent us from hosting Santa. Please be sure to check the Chamber’s website or Facebook page to keep posted on any changes.

Read on to learn more about the precautions we’re taking to ensure visitor safety. 

  • Everyone age 2 or older will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times. 
  • Social distancing must be practiced while in the park. 
  • Families should enter the park through the corner of Main St. and Church St, right near the traffic light
  • We’ll utilize as much of the sidewalks in an effort to ensure social distancing is possible. There will be markers every 10 feet throughout the park. 
  • Santa will be waiting in Santa’s house to greet you. Children will be able to speak to Santa through the doors and pose for a quick picture. Santa is very disappointed that visitors will not be able to come in contact with him but he understands it’s for everyone’s safety.
  • Santa’s helpers will be outside of the house giving Santa a helping hand with anything he needs including passing out special gifts. 
  • Visitors should exit the park on the corner of Park St. & Main St. 

Santa is thrilled to be able to see everyone and would like to send a special thanks to Toys for Tots, Tom & Jill Phelps, and Jim Ransom at United Wire Technologies in Constantia for helping coordinate getting his toys to Camden. 

While you’re out and about, be sure to support your local Main St. businesses by stopping by to do a little shopping for yourself or those left on your Christmas list. If your shopping is complete, this would be a great year to show a neighbor you care by purchasing them a little something, everyone could use a little extra holiday cheer this year!