Source: Valley Roadrunner

Santa asks residents for gingerbread houses

December 12, 2013

The new will join the ongoing traditions at the fast-approaching Christmas in the Valley which will commence at the end of this week.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 with Santa arriving by train to Bates Nut Farm at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday he is scheduled to arrive by helicopter at 11:30 a.m. Santa will take time on both days to visit with the boys and girls in attendance, allowing them to fine tune their holiday wish list before his 24-hour-long journey around the world on Dec. 24.

New to the event this year is the Gingerbread Village, endorsed by the big guy himself.

“Santa called to say ‘I would like creative cooks or group of cooks to compete in a contest to make a gingerbread house to display for the children of Valley Center,’” event organizers told the Valley Roadrunner in a recent statement.

The Gingerbread Village will display those entries for the community to vote on, followed by judging, which will be held between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday morning at Bates Nut Farm. For those cooks who want to enter Gingerbread houses in the contest, the houses should be delivered to Bates by Friday between 2 and 4 p.m., and Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. Judging will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon with the winners announced at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a $100 for first prize, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. Individuals, families, businesses, church groups and service clubs are encouraged to enter the contest.

Entry forms are available online at www.batesnutfarm.biz.

Christmas in the Valley will run from 4 -8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, offering children a free play day while enjoying music and celebrating the holiday season.

There will be crafts and complimentary gifts from local community service groups. Several school groups will give musical performances including the Valley Center High School Choir and Valley Center High School Band. In the Gingerbread Village, there will also be free supplies with which children can decorate gingerbreads to take home.

For more information on Christmas in the Valley email Marcia Townsend at marciadtownsend@gmail.com.