Santa coming to Columbia Street

Published 5:37 am Friday, December 16, 2016

This year, there’s a new Christmas tradition that’s coming to Columbia Street—Santa himself. And he’s bringing toys.

City councilwoman Tamira Smith announced that on Saturday all children ages 1 to 12 will get a free present and a chance to meet with Santa Claus in the green space in front of The Daily News offices on Columbia Street.

“From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will be checking his list and distributing gifts to all the good girls and boys,” Smith said.

Smith said the program will be called Citywide Operational Christmas, and it could become an annual event.

“It was my vision, and I asked councilman Brian McCree if he would like to participate, and … then Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal said he would like to become a member of the board,” she said. “We might be doing this annually, but we’re just giving it a shot to see how it goes.”

Smith said she was impressed at the number of businesses willing to support the new project and donate toys.

“We have a new business in town — Bright Side Social services on Louisiana Avenue — and they’re the biggest sponsor,” Smith said. “They’re a new business in town and this is the way they were able to jump on board.”

Smith said she’s also asking all parents to bring cameras and cell phones for photos of their children with Santa, and there will also be refreshments for families.