Santa to arrive in Fort Collins Saturday

Ashley Potts

Although it is not quite Thanksgiving yet, many people can’t help but have Christmas on their brains. Luckily, Santa Clause is one of those people.

Santa will make his first appearance of the Christmas season this Saturday in Old Town Square.


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Santa will arrive at noon with his musical elves on horse and carriage.

“After his grand arrival, children will gather round his workshop for the first ‘Storytime with Santa’ of the season,” according to a press release from the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority.

Those coming to greet Saint Nick are encouraged to don their most festive holiday garb, including costumes, christmas sweater and mittens.

Santa will be in his Old Town workshop from noon until 6 p.m. He will listen to everyone’s Christmas wish lists, give tours of his workshop, and, of course, pose for the perfect picture for every mom’s scrapbook. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the special moments.

“Being the world renowned traveler that he is, we’re happy to point out that Santa is trilingual and knows Sign-Language,” according to the Downtown Development Authority.

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This ensures that Santa can meet with all kids and families and hear everyone’s wish list.

Santa will be in town until he takes off to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. He will be in his Old Town Square Workshop Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. from the day of his arrival until December 15. From December 16 through December 23, he will be in the workshop every day of the week from noon until 6 p.m. On Christmas Eve, he will be available from noon until 4 p.m.

There will also be weekly “Storytime with Santa” events at Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys located at 111 North College Ave. The story times will be at 11:30 a.m. every Thursday and Friday from November 25 through December 23.

Make sure you make your way down to Old Town before Santa takes off for the year. And, feel no need to contain your Buddy the Elf level of excitement when you see him.