SANTA CLAUS STOPS BY THE TUSCALOOSA RIVER MARKET

Sunday With Santa

By WVUA 23 Reporter Grace Campbell

Sunday afternoon local families came together to get into the Christmas spirits for the third annual Sunday with Santa at the Tuscaloosa River Market and Tinsel Trail.

The Tinsel Trail and Sunday with Santa are just two of the projects Tuscaloosa’s One Place does to help make families stronger and bring them together.

“It’s a joy, it’s such a good way to spend time with them in a positive environment and it’s just merry and bright,” said grandparent Ashley Andersen.

People could write letters to Santa, make reindeer food and do all the traditional Christmas activities in one place. To top it off, children could take pictures with good ole Saint Nick.

“I’m shaking because it’s really fun and I’m excited to be seeing Santa Claus,” 10-year-old Malaya Hutchinson said.

Tuscaloosa’s One Place believe Sunday with Santa and the Tinsel Trail are good opportunities to take a step back from the hectic holiday season and appreciate the time they spend with their loved ones.

“We thought this would be a great event for families to have quality time together, especially families that have children or grandchildren,” Tuscaloosa’s One Place Executive Director Amanda Lightsey said. “Everybody is looking for something to do around the holidays, this is just an extra something for our community to come and enjoy the Christmas season.”

About 400 children came to Sunday with Santa and the proceeds from the event benefit Tuscaloosa’s One Place so they can continue their efforts.

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