Before Santa hops in his sleigh and takes to the skies to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, the white-whiskered gift bringer will be making a number of appearances in Fremont throughout the month.

Beginning Saturday, Mr. Claus will be making stops at a variety of local businesses and organizations where he will be available for photographs with children.

The big man will roll into town at 10 a.m. where he will be escorted by the Fremont Fire Department to the Winter Wonderland at Fremont Mall.

Along with meeting Old Saint Nick at the mall, kids will get to meet the firefighters, see their firetrucks, and enjoy free cookies.

Following his stop at the mall from 10-11:30 a.m., Santa will have to hustle over Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, 1340 North Bell Street, where he will be available for free photos with a few friends until 2 p.m.

“Mrs. Frosty, the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will also be here,” Abby Schroeder of Berkshire Hathaway said. “It’ll be exciting and we are already getting the decoration all ready for everybody.”

There will also be apple cider, cookies, and face painting available at Berkshire Hathaway. Photos taken with Santa will be sent by email to all participants following the event.

On Sunday, Santa will continue his appearances at Izaak Walton’s Main Lodge, 2650 West Military Avenue, from 1:30-3 p.m where he will be joined by Mrs. Claus.

Each child that attends will receive a goodie bag, and there will also be a canned food drive and by bringing a non-perishable food items families will receive a free family photo with the pair.

Along with making himself available for photos with families and children, Santa is also making another stop in the Fremont Mall where he will be available for pictures with local resident’s furry friends.

“You can have your dog’s picture taken with Santa or on a sled with a Winter Wonderland theme,” Deb George of FurEver Home Inc. said.

According to George, FurEver Home will also have hot cocoa, 2018 FurEver Home calendars, as well as cookies for humans and dogs alike for sale at the event.

Photos will cost $7 for each setting, either Santa or Winter Wonderland, and the money raised from the event will go back into FurEver Home’s mission as a local dog rescue and outlet for dog owners.

“The funds raised go back to our vetting fund,” George said. “Sometimes owners can’t afford to get their dog vetted if there is an emergency or they need up to date shots, and we use a lot of our funds from events like this to help community owners out with that”

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Next week Santa will be making a visit to The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens where he will be accompanied by several local choirs from Johnson Crossing Academic Center, Fremont Middle School, and Fremont High School.

“We are going to kick off the season with lots and lots of fun and we hope that a lot of people will come out and visit us,” Shelly Everitt, senior living counselor at Shalimar Gardens, said.

The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens, 749 East 29th Street, will open their community to the public from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 7th.

“We have invested in beautiful outdoor lights to decorate the community for the season, and our residents are going to be able to visit with Santa before we open it to the public,” Everitt said “They get first dibs on seeing the big guy.”

Photos with Santa will be free at the event and there will be a professional photographer taking photos, but attendees can also bring their own cameras or phones as well. There will also be free gift wrapping at the event.

Other opportunity to take photos with Santa throughout the month will include events at Dodge County Humane Society, 787 S Luther Rd, on Sunday December 10th from 1-3 p.m. as well as Fremont Health annual Holiday Open House on December 19th from 5-7 p.m. There will also be Storytime with Santa at Keene Memorial Library on December 23rd from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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