BROOKSVILLE — Music, pictures with Santa, and children making Christmas ornaments are great ways to put people in the holiday spirit.
All of that and more is in store Saturday as the Hernando Times presents its first Christmas "Times" event.
"Other newspapers have done events like this with great success," said event chairman Peter Pacifico, single-copy sales manager for the Times in Hernando County. "We are part of the community and want to help kick off the holiday season."
The event will include musical entertainment in the newspaper office's lobby, including country singer Clay Kirk and several singers from Artistry Talent.
Most activities will be in the large multipurpose room, where cookies and punch will be served. Volunteers from the Hernando County Public Library System will have a table set up where children can make their own Christmas ornaments. The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will also be on hand, along with Miss Junior Hernando County Danielle Pacifico, 13.
Visitors will have an opportunity to win a four-pack of tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. Also, Newspapers in Education will be selling copies of Times food editor Janet K. Keeler's Cookilicious book at a discount.
And, most important of all, Santa Claus will arrive by 11 a.m. The first 100 children will have a chance to have their photo taken with Santa, for a cost of $5 or an unwrapped toy.
All toys will be given to the Toys for Tots program in Hernando County. Monetary donations will be divided between Toys for Tots and the Nature Coast Humane Society.