Many events have been canceled or postponed this year due to the pandemic, but how do you cancel a visit from Santa? City of Galt staff said, you don’t – you just change how it works.

In an effort to maintain the holiday spirit, Special Events Manager Jackie Garcia took the annual Breakfast with Santa event and changed it into a picture opportunity, complete with friends from the North Pole, muffins and craft projects.

“We wanted to make sure we were able to provide a safe and fun family holiday experience during this unprecedented time,” Garcia said. “Our hope was to retain the holiday spirit that brings so much to our community.”

Staff didn’t spare any details in this modified event, festively decorating the outside of the Chabolla Community Center with red, green and white balloons and streamers, setting a perfect backdrop for three North Pole ambassadors.

Smiles were evident as cars pulled up and saw Santa, Frosty the Snowman and a jolly Christmas elf greeting them with waves and merry cheers of “Ho, Ho, Ho” and “Merry Christmas”.

Guests, many dressed in Christmas pajamas, were able to chat with Santa briefly from the safety of their vehicles, before a staff member took a picture with each families’ phone.

Not to leave empty handed, each of the more than 25 vehicles were then given muffins and a bag full of goodies, including a craft project to do at home, before being sent on their way to be good little boys and girls.

Players from the Liberty Ranch High School Hawk baseball program assisted at the event, and the organization helped to coordinate the goodie bags.

“We would like to thank all the businesses that have partnered with us on the city holiday events,” Garcia said. “We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and safe holiday season.”