The 4th annual Winter Wonderland was hosted by the Jefferson Consolidated PTA (JCPTA) at Arthur Stanlick School on Saturday, December 1.

The ordinarily quiet Lake Shawnee section of town was already bustling with families participating in two annual holiday-themed races that have grown in popularity: the Jefferson Jingle 5K and the one-mile Tinsel Trot. A perk of race participation is entrance to Winter Wonderland. Space for non-racers is limited, and tickets are usually sold out by mid-November.

Volunteers worked through the week to transform the gym. JCPTA president Laura DeGroat commented that her favorite part of the event is the excitement of the kids as they see the decorations going up.

Large-scale scenes were created out of bright colored paper. Gingerbread people, elves, and giant nutcrackers lined the entrance to the gym, providing the perfect backdrop for a hot cocoa and coffee station. Children were treated to cookies, cupcakes, and candy canes.

The gym boasted an abundance of craft tables and activities, including snowman bowling and reindeer ring toss. Kids could choose from a variety of temporary tattoos, and some talented parent volunteers painted faces. A book fair was a welcome bonus. There appeared to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Santa made a special appearance to hear Christmas wishes, and families took photos with the jolly guy. As he made his way around the event, passing out candy canes, he stopped to play with youngsters at various activity stations.

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