Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in Cooperstown on Friday, Nov. 23, and have had a hectic schedule ever since. A lot of work goes into preparing for the one magical night children go to bed early for, but according to Santa, getting prepared means getting one’s heart prepared.
“Every year we get visitors to the Hall of Fame that stubble upon us,” Santa said. “Then there are always those who come home to visit family for Thanksgiving.”
People come from near and far, according to Santa.
“I do not have to worry about the orders because the elves do that, but it is my job to greet all the children,” Santa said.
“Ho, Ho,” as many really young children call him, will be available for last-minute requests and visits up until the day he hops into his sleigh to make his journey from house to house. His cottage will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.
“Christmas Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for me,” Santa said.
Cottage hours are as follows:
• Thursday, Dec. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Dec. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.