Santa Claus will make an early visit to the Santa Clarita Valley when he and his entourage magically appear at the William S. Hart Regional Park in Newhall on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Kids of all ages will find Santa inside the historic Newhall Ranch House at Heritage Junction for the 37th annual Christmas Open House, presented by the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.
Head on over to the Saugus Train Station to write a personal letter to Santa and have it sent to the North Pole.
Take a family Christmas photo in front of the historic steam locomotive and stroll through the beautifully decorated historic homes in the Junction.
At 1 p.m. Father Craig from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will conduct the traditional Blessing of the Animals at the Ramona Chapel. Father Craig will be assisted by Vanessa Vandersande from Copperhill Animal Clinic. Certificates of the blessing will be handed out. All animals must be on a leash or in a crate.
Coffee, cookies and children’s crafts will be held throughout the day.
Santa will slide on over to Hart Hall in Newhall Park at 6 p.m. as the Friends of Hart Park celebrate “Cowboys and Carols.”
Children will have another opportunity to tell Santa what they really want for Christmas and enjoy cookies and candy canes and hot chocolate.
At 7 p.m., guests will hear beautiful music by the Valencia High School Choir in their period costumes of yesteryear.
Santa’s barnyard animals, including five very cute alpacas, are anxious to meet you.
Shuttle buses will provide rides up to the Hart Mansion where docents will be on hand to give tours of Bill Hart’s the beautifully decorated home ready for holiday guests.
Heritage Junction is located at 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321, and will be open from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Hart Hall.
Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321.
For more information, call 661-259-1750 or log on to Friends of Hart Park at www.friendsofhartpark.com or Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at 661 254-1275.
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