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Published November 28th, 2018
Santa to appear in downtown Lafayette, stay for breakfast, shopping
Last year's Santa visit Photo Gint Federas

It's a wonderful life in Lafayette and Santa Claus must agree because this year he's sticking around, at least for breakfast, and he might even fit in some shopping as well at one of three scheduled events.
The jolliness of "It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette" holiday celebration starts at 4 p.m. with Santa arriving at Plaza Park on his "sleigh" - in this case, Lafayette's historic fire truck, Old Betsy - around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, in a procession along Golden Gate Way complete with a police escort.
The fun, free event now in its sixth year, hosted by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Dana Green Realtors and Branagh Development and has become a family favorite with activities for the kids, light refreshments and lots of photo opportunities with Santa and his Town Hall Elves in addition to the official holiday tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Local student musicians and singers will be providing musical entertainment. Lafayette musician Kiki Stack will be debuting her new holiday song "Christmas Time Once Again."
The evening is truly an extravaganza kickoff for the holiday season because from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 residents are invited to explore the downtown as they "Stroll, Shop and Dine." More than 70 local merchants are participating, many offering holiday specials only available during this event. Local artists will be showcasing unique gifts. The atmosphere will be festive with holiday décor on display and street musicians adding to the ambience. It is even rumored that Mrs. Claus will be there playing her ukulele.
More details on the Wonderful Life in Lafayette and the Stroll, Shop and dine events are available on the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce website (https://lafayettechamber.org/).
But wait, there’s more … the big man will be reappearing from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Sideboard, 3535 Plaza Way in Lafayette, for a special pancake breakfast with Santa to benefit the Lafayette Historical Society at a first-ever special event.
This is the perfect opportunity for photos as residents will enjoy a private meet and greet with Father Christmas while enjoying off-the-menu pancakes and a choice of freshly squeezed orange juice or pour over coffee courtesy of Sideboard at the site of Lafayette’s original Pioneer Store.
Lafayette Historical Society Advisory Board Member and event organizer Lauren Herpich hopes to encourage an interest in history in youth, while raising money for the society. “This is the first kid-focused event the Historical Society has done in quite some time,” she said.
Families will have a chance to learn more about Lafayette’s past through historical photos and to bring to life a special kids’ coloring sheet at their tables. There will be a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Lafayette Historical Society. Families will also receive an annual family membership to the society through 2019 (a $50 value).
Tickets for the breakfast cost $49 for adults, and $39 for seniors and kids 12 and younger. To book tickets go to https://www.localfoodadventures.com/breakfast-with-santa/ Tickets must be booked by noon, Dec. 8.

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