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Santa Claus is sprucing up his parade sleigh in preparation for his cruise through Olde Towne Nipomo en route to the annual children’s Christmas celebration that starts at 5 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.

The jolly old elf is scheduled to board his sleigh and roll out of the Adobe Plaza parking lot on West Tefft Street to begin his parade through the residential streets, accompanied by patrol cars from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and engines from Cal Fire/SLO County Fire Department.

“There may be a military vehicle or two — and music,” said Richard Malvarose, spokesman for Olde Towne Nipomo Association, which sponsors the event each year. “I think (4th District Supervisor) Lynn Compton and her daughter may be riding on the sleigh, too.”

After rolling through Olde Towne, waving to children who come out to greet him, Santa and his entourage are scheduled to arrive at the free Olde Towne Nipomo Christmas festivities already underway at St. Joseph’s Church, 298 S. Thompson Ave.

There, he and Mrs. Claus will pose for photos with the children and hear their Christmas wishes.

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Children can also take part in making ornaments, decorating a Christmas tree, singing carols with a Christmas choir, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies, Malvarose said.

“There will be thousands of cookies,” he added, noting cookies are being baked by a number of volunteers as well as OTNA members. “My wife and I are baking about 200.”

Nipomo Lions Club will be serving up hot dogs free of charge to children and for a nominal charge to all others.

OTNA presents an Olde Towne Nipomo Christmas each year as a gift to the community’s children, using donated funds and supplies and volunteer help.

For more information, contact Malvarose at 868-7951 or Helen Miller at 441-9688.

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