By Emily Willis
There will be opportunities in the High Country for your little ones to meet the man in red before Christmas arrives! The Watauga Library will be having a meet and greet with Santa after the Christmas Parade. There will also be opportunities throughout December at the Boone Mall to have pictures taken with Santa!
Warm up at the Watauga County Library, following the Boone Christmas Parade, on Sunday, Dec. 3! Beginning at 11:30 a.m., little ones can enjoy meeting with Santa, eat delicious Christmas cookies and create cute holiday crafts!
Pictures with Santa will be available, so make sure to take advantage of this holiday opportunity. Sponsored by the Friends of the Watauga Library organization (FOL), this event is sure to engage your little ones in fun-filled holiday activities!
“Santa Claus has been making an appearance at the Library, following the parade, for years,” explains Judith Winecoss, the Youth Services Librarian. “It’s a community centered event that allows families to spend time with their children for the holidays. The FOL organization will be taking pictures with Santa and the kids, which are free!”
For more information, contact the Watauga Library at 828-262-8784.
Also, the Boone Mall will have opportunities for kids to meet with Santa and have their pictures taken. Local photography studio Boone Portraits will be on hand Christmas Eve and the days leading up to it to capture your perfect moment with Santa Claus!
This year, Boone portraits will be orchestrating a 12 Days of Giving special, where $1 of every Santa portrait made at the mall will support a different assigned nonprofit organization each day. See the schedule for assigned agencies:
- Dec. 2: 4-6:30 p.m. (Supporting Blue Ridge Piedmont High Country Chapter American Red Cross)
- Dec. 3: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Supporting Watauga County Habitat for Humanity)
- Dec. 4: 1-6:30 p.m. (Supporting Watauga Education Foundation)
- Dec. 9: 4-6:30 p.m. (Supporting Ashe Humane Society)
- Dec. 10: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Supporting Western Watauga Food Outreach)
- Dec. 11: 1-6:30 p.m. (Supporting Purple Heart Homes)
- Dec. 16: 4-6:30 p.m. (Supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children)
- Dec. 17: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Supporting Boone United Methodist Church Haiti Relief Fund)
- Dec. 18: 1-6:30 p.m. (Supporting The Children’s Playhouse)
- Dec. 21: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Supporting Quiet Givers)
- Dec. 22: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Supporting Avery County Humane Society)
- Dec. 23: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Supporting Watauga Humane Society)
- Dec. 24: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The pricing for pictures at the mall are:
- 1 (4×6) for $14.95
- 1 (4×6) and 3 wallet sizes for $16.95
- 1 (4×6) and 1 (5×7) for $18.95
- 2 (4×6 and 2 (5×7) for $21.95
- Session CD with rights to reprint for $27.95
Being the only studio in Boone that specializes in protraits, Kathryn Pope, the CEO of Boone Portraits says, “The mall is a great place to take photos with Santa, because it is locally owned and operated, which is unique. The prices are also quite reasonable, in comparison to other, bigger malls.”
The mall is located at 1180 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. For more information, visit the Boone Mall’s website or call 828-264-7286.
For pricing information and turnaround information on portraits with Santa, contact Boone Portraits at 828-386-1310. Also, check out their Facebook page!