Ho-Ho-Ho and Fa-La-La at the Holiday Hoopla!

From Letters to Santa to Happy NOON Year, the Wheeling Park District is here to help you make some magical holiday memories in December.

A very special Santa mailbox is located in front of the Community Recreation Center, from November 26 to December 10, for children to drop off “Letters to Santa”. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and Santa will send a reply before Christmas Day. Letters also may be mailed to: Santa Claus, c/o Wheeling Park District, 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL 60090.

Fa-la-la-la-la, it’s time for the Holiday Hoopla on Sunday, December 5, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the Community Recreation Center. This free, all-ages event includes face painting, letters to Santa and arts and crafts, as well as photos with Santa. The Hersey Carolers sing at 1:00 pm, and Those Funny Little People put on a special holiday show at 2:15 pm. No registration is required. Goodie bags will be available to the first 300 children attending the event. The first 300 children in line are guaranteed the opportunity to visit with Santa.

Celebrate the NEW year with the kids at Happy Noon Year on December 31. Get your party hat and noisemaker here and join in the festivities including games, music, balloon drop and sparkling grape-juice toast. Pick your time slot: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm or 1:00 pm-2:15 pm. Pre-registration is required; fee is $2/person.

For a complete listing of special events and activities, visit our website at www.wheelingparkdistrict.com. The Community Recreation Center is located at 100 Community Boulevard in Wheeling.