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Hello, Santa? Local kids to receive phone call from North Pole

Chats and pancakes with the Clauses
Children in James City County can register now for pancakes and phone calls with Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Courtesy JCC)

Want to speak to Santa and Mrs. Claus by phone? Or meet them for pancakes?

James City County and Williamsburg families can do both.

Santa and Mrs. Santa will be speaking to children by phone on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

According to a county news release, participants must live in Williamsburg or JCC and be aged nine and younger.

To participate in Santa Calling, register by filling out an online form, which is available here, or by going to one of the payment centers listed below. The deadline is Nov. 29.

The program does not guarantee a specific call time from the North Pole — given the callers’ busy holiday schedule.

For pancakes and a photo-op with the Clauses, head to the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd., on Dec. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Children aged two and younger are offered free admission; everyone else will be charged $12 per person. Space is limited to 100 people and the deadline for snagging a spot is Friday, Dec. 2.

To reserve a spot at the breakfast, register online or sign up in person at one of the county’s five payment locations:

  • James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd.
  • Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail/Grove
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway
  • Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Rd.
  • Satellite Services Office, 3127 Forge Rd. in Toano

For more information, call 757-259-5353.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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