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Santa becoming a popular breakfast guest

Santa Claus is coming to breakfast, and there are plenty of opportunities to sit down to a meal with the jolly old elf.

Breakfast with Santa events are scheduled throughout the area in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Geneva Lions Club is celebrating its first such event from 7 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave. The cost is $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Lions Club member Dan Joniak said he remembered participating in a Santa breakfast when he was in high school, and he enjoyed working with St. Nick. He thought others might embrace the idea, too.

“It was a blast,” Joniak said. “Everybody in high school enjoyed doing it.”

Geneva High School students will play a role in the breakfast. Three ensemble groups are set to perform – jazz, choir and the orchestra. Art students will have a craft table for kids. Students also will take photos at the event and perform elf duty as needed.

Other Santa breakfast events are set at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia (Saturday), Sugar Grove Holiday in the Grove festivities (Saturday), Elburn Lions Club (Sunday) and Hotel Baker (Dec. 8 and 9).

The Geneva event will raise money for charities supported by the Lions Club. Terry Emma, a Lions Club member and the executive director of the Geneva History Center, said she has talked with Santa, and he is getting his suit ready for the photos.

“This is going to be a great community event,” Emma said. “This is the first time we’re doing a big communitywide event.”

Emma said the idea was brought up by Joniak, and it took off after the Lions’ youth group – the Leos – became involved. Joniak said he hoped for about 500 people at the event. And he said the reason there are so many events is simple.

“It’s inexpensive and typically easy to draw a crowd,” Joniak said.

Other events will feature entertainment, as well. In Batavia, the event is sponsored by the Batavia Park District and features performances by the Batavia Showstoppers and “A Dickens Kind of Christmas” variety show. It is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St.

In Sugar Grove, the Breakfast with Santa is part of the a festival that will be throughout the day Saturday. The Breakfast with Santa event costs $5. There are three seatings: 8, 9 and 10 a.m. Call 630-649-3458 to reserve a spot.

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