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The jolly man with the beard and a red suit will be making a special appearance in Lincolnton on Saturday to enjoy breakfast with all the fixings cooked by a team of elves at the Lincoln Cultural Center. 

This is a special time of year for James Helms, who plays Santa, and he pretty much stays in character throughout the season.

“It’s such a pleasure bringing joy to all children young and old,” he said. “I’m so looking forward to having breakfast with everyone at the Cultural Center and giving the children memories they will cherish for a lifetime. I love getting wonderful hugs from them, listening to their wishes for Christmas and seeing the sparkle in their eyes. We must not forget the real reason for Christmas though – the birth of baby Jesus.”

Children and their parents are invited to attend to enjoy breakfast with Santa, create crafts to take home, play games and of course spend time with Santa discussing their wish list and posing for pictures. After breakfast, members of the cast of the Nutcracker will perform and be available for photographs.

“It’s a morning filled with excitement,” Cathy Davis, executive director of the Lincoln Cultural Center, said. “We understand the Grinch knows about the event and may be there to stir up a little Christmas chaos.”

Everyone will have a chance to see Santa Claus and tell him what they want this Christmas. Parents will have plenty of time to take photographs. The staff of the Cultural Center will be there taking photos as well in the event that someone doesn’t have a camera. Parents can stop by the center the following week to pick up photos.

Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. The cost to participate is $10 per child. Each child’s ticket includes breakfast for up to two adults accompanying the child. Alternatively, one adult can attend with two children for $10.

For advanced tickets or more information, call the Lincoln Cultural Center at (704) 732-9055. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The Lincoln Cultural Center is located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton.

Also in downtown Lincolnton this Saturday is the Children's Secret Christmas Shop right next door to the Cultural Center at Emanuel Reformed Church. At this event, children can shop for anyone on their Christmas list and parents aren’t allowed to peek. They leave with their item(s) wrapped so they can keep their gifts a secret. All gifts are $1 and children are escorted by church volunteers into the Children's Secret Christmas Shop. The shop is open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday. Emmanuel Reformed Church is located at 329 East Main Street in Lincolnton.

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