Get the kids ready for a Christmas event when the city of Dunkirk holds its tree lighting ceremony Friday at City Hall.
Carol Oliveira, secretary to the mayor, talked about the plans put together with the help of city Youth Bureau Program Coordina-tor Larissa Aldrich and Mayor Anthony J. Dolce.
"This year the mayor suggested doing a Santa's workshop, which will be held in the conference room from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive after 4:30, the drawings will be held at 5:45 p.m. and the tree lighting will end the festivities at 6 p.m.," Oliveira explained. "We would like the children who want to participate in Santa's workshop to come in through the Fourth Street entrance, especially if it's cold. Larisa has it all planned out. The children will make a holiday ornament, a Christmas card to give to veterans at the County Home and St. Vincent's, play a few games and frost and decorate Christmas cookies outside. There will also be coffee, hot chocolate and cookies outside for the adults."
Dolce noted that adults will be able to ice their cookies as well.
Oliveira added there will be other goodies for children during Santa's workshop, including a duck pond pull for prizes.
"Leaving Santa's workshop, children will pull a duck at the top of the second floor stairs and at the bottom they will pull a sucker for a chance to win another prize," she explained. From there, they will go outside to meet Santa."
Drawings will again be part of the festivities, with six Shoptauqua checks from the Chamber of Commerce for adults and six Walmart cards for children.
"We will be giving two-part tickets to everyone attending and we will call numbers to win. You have to be present to win," Oliveira said.
As for the treats, Dolce thanked Petri's for supplying two cases of cookies and lauded the County Home for supplying the hot chocolate and coffee.
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