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A socially distanced Christmas celebration comes to Westlake

A socially distanced Christmas celebration comes to Westlake

The Willard Companies is making changes to its Christmas celebration this year due to the pandemic. This year the company will host Santa’s Westlake Workshop, a socially distanced, COVID-19 restriction friendly event.

The annual Westlake Tree Lighting & Christmas Celebration, traditionally held on the first Thursday of December, has been canceled this year; however, Santa Claus is still coming to town.

Santa will be coming to Vitalize Church at Westlake Towne Center on Dec. 3. Anyone interested in seeing Santa this year should call 721-5288 to reserve a 20-minute spot between 1 and 8 p.m.

In addition to a one-on-one, socially distanced visit with Santa, guests and children will also enjoy:

Christmas decorations and take-home crafts and games by the Franklin County Family YMCA’s Smith Mountain Lake branch.

Christmas music by Vitalize Church.

Free, individually packaged snacks from The Willard Companies.

An outdoor, Christmas-themed scavenger hunt around Westlake Towne Center with chances to win $50 gift cards from Haywood’s Jewelers.

To comply with government COVID-19 mandates, Santa cannot allow children to sit on his lap. Instead, Santa will be separated from the public by his workshop table.

A maximum of 10 child reservations will be available in 20-minute time slots. Anyone interested in visiting must make a reservation.

Families are welcome to take photos of their child with Santa at his workshop.

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