NorthPark invites Santa and residents for cookies
Santa Claus and cookies are key parts of many holiday traditions and NorthPark Community Church will provide Santa Clarita families with a fun opportunity to enjoy both.
NorthPark Church will hold its third annual Cookies with Santa event on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Families who attend will be able to eat cookies while making crafts and take a free digital photo with Santa in front of the church’s two-story tree.
“We’ve had different holiday events before but this is the the third time we’ve held the Cookies with Santa,” said Kristin Sullivan, director of the church’s children’s ministry. “We felt that this kind of event would be more welcoming to members of the community and not just our church. A free picture with Santa is something we can easily do for the community, and that’s what it’s all about — giving back.”
Sullivan said that, this year, the church has expanded the event to include live music, more crafts and an optional unwrapped toy donation to benefit Help the Children. She said that while the church did not want to pressure anyone into buying a toy for the event, they felt it would be a good outreach opportunity for those able to to donate.
As the often maligned symbol of holiday commercialism and materialism, Santa is sometimes considered incompatible with religious observance of the Christmas holiday. In order to balance this, Sullivan said the church will offer a gospel reading of the birth of Jesus.
“I totally understand that sentiment, and I don’t want to take away from the religious element of the season, but this is mainly an event for the community,” she said. “We’re welcoming everyone from Santa Clarita, whether they’re a person of faith or not. This is just supposed to be a fun family event that can help build up the community.”
The event will be held at 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway.