You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

SantaLand finds new home in downtown Springfield


Santa Claus is parking his sleigh in a new location in downtown Springfield this holiday season.

SantaLand has relocated to the Myers Market building, 101 S. Fountain Ave., better known recently as the former United Senior Services building. Santa’s previous home was at the neighboring Heritage Center.

Kids can visit Santa there from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17. Admission is free.

>>RELATED; Clark County group working to give soldiers overseas a Christmas

The building’s gym has been transformed into a local version of the North Pole with props and lights adding to the experience.

The revamped SantaLand opened to enthusiastic reviews during Holiday in the City on Nov. 26.

Terrance Walker Jr., 6, ran up to Santa during his visit and greeted him with a huge hug while visiting with his sister, Taniyah, 4.

“He’s the best,” the beaming Terrance said.

Mom Kristia Walker said the wait didn’t seem as long to visit and it was easier. One of the criticisms of the former location was having to travel to the Heritage Center’s second floor to get to SantaLand and it’s now on one level.

Another addition is a variety of children’s activities just past the exit from SantaLand, where kids can make crafts and explore other creative things.

Theresa Hartley has helped coordinate SantaLand for several years and her office, Ohio Real Estate Title, is sponsoring it this year. She said she’s heard numerous positive comments about the move, from ease of loading the props to the convenience of everything being in one area.

“We’re glad we’re able to meet our fundraising goals to make it free,” Hartley said.

Although they didn’t want to visit Santa, friends Ashlee Stockdale and Alyssa Stradling were thrilled by the look of SantaLand, particularly the figurines and lighting.

Connie Stockdale, Ashlee’s grandmother, said the figurines reminded her of when ice skating was offered in Snyder Park several years ago and is glad for continuing traditions.

“You always believe in the spirit of Santa. This is part of the history of Springfield,” Connie Stockdale said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Trump boots Obama surgeon general, replaces with deputy nurse
Trump boots Obama surgeon general, replaces with deputy nurse

President Donald Trump has appointed Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams as acting U.S. Surgeon General after asking for the resignation of former President Barack Obama’s surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy on Friday. Murthy was asked to step down after “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” Department of...
WATCH: Dash cam catches moment 4-year-old falls from bus on highway
WATCH: Dash cam catches moment 4-year-old falls from bus on highway

A dash camera caught the moments after a 4-year-old girl falls from the back of a bus onto a busy Arkansas highway and is rescued by a local volunteer firefighter. Ryan Ciampoli was traveling behind the bus down Highway 65 in Harrison on Wednesday when his dash-mounted camera, running the entire time, caught a scene he couldn’t quite wrap...
Clark County to change Urbana Road as Navistar continues expansion
Clark County to change Urbana Road as Navistar continues expansion

Clark County will spend about $450,000 to make changes to portions of Urbana Road later this summer ahead of a major expansion at a local truck factory. The Navistar assembly plant at 6125 Urbana Road already has close to 1,500 employees — making it one of Springfield’s largest employers — and could add hundreds more soon after two...
Junior Achievement to honor business leaders
Junior Achievement to honor business leaders

Junior Achievement of the Mad River Region will honor a New Carlisle business owner, an educator and a Mechanicsburg couple who started their own fair trade coffee business at an event next month. JA of the Mad River Region will honor Bill Scarff, owner of Scarff’s Nursery in New Carlisle, as its 2017 Laureate. Scarff has played an active role...
50,000 bees found in 9-foot long beehive under roof of AZ home
50,000 bees found in 9-foot long beehive under roof of AZ home

A giant 9-foot long beehive with some 50,000 bees inside was discovered under the eaves and in the attic of a guest house on a property in Tucson, Arizona. Homeowner Cindy Stewart called in bee experts to help relocate the massive hive of Africanized honey bees last week, according to KOLD-TV. Stewart said trying to handle the colony by herself seemed...
More Stories