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Santa, cocoa, s'mores and getting outdoors

Still need to get photos with Santa? The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Hastings YMCA and Community Education, has created a new event to celebrate the holidays — Santa and S'mores.

Santa and S'mores will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Camp Spring Lake.

The night will include pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, s'mores and holiday crafts. The trails around Spring Lake will be lit up with candles.

"Not a lot of people get out in the winter because of the cold. We wanted to do something fun and different that would bring people outside," said Paige Marschal Bigler, recreation programming specialist.

The new event is modeled after the previous years' Holiday Extravaganza, but has been fine-tuned to increase the fun for younger families.

Staff and members of the Youth Impact Council will be there to help with making s'mores and children will be able to make an ornament or holiday card.

Although not necessary, registration for the event is encouraged. You can register online at www.ymcadaycampspringlake.org, or in person at the Y. The cost is $10 per child, but adult chaperones are free. For drop-ins, the cost will be $15.