Breakfast With Santa Tradition a Holiday Staple

Santa is preparing his sleigh for a big trip to attend one of his favorite holiday traditions: the annual Breakfast With Santa event held again this year at the Uintah Middle School in Vernal. The event kicked off 15 years ago as a thank you to the community from Vernal City and the Uintah Recreation District. The first 3 years were held at the Elks Club with live entertainment, door prize drawings and about 300 folks attending, shares event committee member Ron Litton. The event quickly grew to 800+ people coming and was moved to Western Park for about 5 or 6 years. During that time, the fire department got involved and started bringing a ladder truck to park out front. Eventually the venue was moved to the Vernal Jr. High cafeteria, now named the Uintah Middle School, and the event has continued to grow thanks to many helping hands. Prime Time for Kids provides the coloring pages. Boy Scouts or the Vernal Youth City Council help with tables and cleanup. Davis Food & Drug donates food with local merchants donating door prizes over the years. As he has since the event began, talented local Brian Litton will provide the holiday cheer on the piano, with Maeser Music Machine and the Guitar Team from Rock Academy performing this year as well. “Breakfast with Santa has brought together thousands of community members over the last 15 years by offering a very special and unique opportunity to spend a little relaxed time together with Santa, family and local performers,” shares committee member Ron Litton. “It’s definitely a ‘feel good’ experience.” Come be part of the magic this Saturday, December 10th, from 8 to 10am at the Uintah Middle School cafeteria.

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