Thursday, November 8, 2012
The winner of the Principal Shopping District's annual Santa Contest will be able to have cocoa with Santa then throw the switch at the city's tree-lighting ceremony.
Still not sure what to give your kids for the holidays this year? How about the chance to hang out with Santa Claus and throw the switch on 20,000 Christmas lights? That's the grand prize in Birmingham's Santa contest, which is offering only lucky family the chance to help Kris Kringle light up the city's Christmas tree during the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 21. What does the contest involve? Not much at all, according to the Principal Shopping District (PSD), which is hosting the contest. Entrants need only visit www.enjoybirmingham.com and enter your family's names, addresses, ages and phone number. The winning family will have the opportunity to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and gifts with Santa at the Townsend Hotel. You and four …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Patch looks back at its interview with Birmingham's Santa to learn how he'll be spending his holiday now that all the gifts are delivered.
Whew — what a night! Now that the big night is over and the gifts have been delivered, it's time for Santa to put up his feet and relax over a mug of hot cocoa. Birmingham's own Santa is probably back in the North Pole by now, but earlier this month, he sat down with Patch to discuss the important issues. How many children did you see this year in Birmingham? Santa gives out candy canes to every child who goes through the Birmingham Santa House. As of Dec. 16 he’d given out 1,309 candy canes this year. Even then, Santa admitted, “Of course, I’ve seen many, many more children than that.” What was this year’s most popular toy request? The most popular toys are fairly predictable, Santa said, counting them off on his fingers: “Barbies, …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The website offers fun activities for anyone eager for St. Nick's arrival.
Some people simply can't wait till Christmas morning to find out whether Santa Claus has paid them, or their neighborhood, a visit. For those who are impatient, don't worry. You can keep tabs on the big guy by following the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, which for one night is dedicated to tracking Mr. Claus' coordinates. The site is more than an enhanced GPS; it also contains a "Kids Countdown Village," which offers games, activities and other features for young ones who eager for Santa. According to its website, NORAD has been tracking Santa for more than 50 years now, as did its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The tradition began in 1955, the website says, after a Colorado Springs, CO…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
About 100 people participated in a chat with Santa Thursday evening; here is the replay, complete with some video responses.
When our Patch colleagues from Wisconsin told us they got hold of the big guy and that he'd agreed to a chat online, we couldn't resist passing it on to you. So live from the North Pole – via Wisconsin - there was the first PatchChat with Santa. Replay what Santa had to say by clicking above.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Patch sits down with Birmingham's Santa to hear what he has to say about his Christmas Day traditions, the most popular toy requests this year and more.
It’s almost time for Santa’s big night, so Patch sat down with the big man in red while he was hanging out at his Birmingham outpost in Shain Park, the Santa House, to ask the hard questions: How many children have you seen this year in Birmingham? Santa gives out candy canes to every child who goes through the Birmingham Santa House. As of Friday afternoon, he’d given out 1,309 candy canes this year. Even then, Santa admitted, “Of course, I’ve seen many, many more children than that.” What is this year’s most popular toy request? The most popular toys are fairly predictable, Santa said, counting them off on his fingers: “Barbies, American Girl dolls, Transformers, cars and trains.” This year, however, Santa said he’s heard several …