Visits from Santa, community caroling, and the Grinch all part of the fun

Two of Hockessin’s most popular events are just around the corner and are sure to put you in the holiday spirit – plus a visit from a special visitor.

SANTA VISITS

As they have done for many years in the past, the Hockessin Fire Co. will be escorting Santa Claus himself to various Hockessin area neighborhoods.

Santa will stop and hang out for a bit at each stop for selfies and a handshake, before heading off – on the back of a decorated fire truck – to visit the next neighborhood.

The visits starts on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. at Autumnwood. 

For a complete list and schedule, visit the Hockessin Fire Co. Station 19 Facebook page.

WHO-CKESSIN

Your favorite holiday meanie returns for the sixth year in a row to learn the true spirit of the season, as the Off Valley Road players prepare their mixed media production.

“Well, at least we have one run through under our belts,” said Wild Birds Unlimited owner Charles Shattuck, who plays the titular meanie in the Santa Claus hat and coat. “This partnership between the Hockessin Public Library and the Hockessin Business Association has become a holiday tradition in the Hockessin community. “

Guests get to sing along to the songs made famous by the 1967 animated special, lending their voices to the Whos down in Whoville as they greet Christmas morning sans presents and Roast Beast.

This year, in order to encourage kids and adults alike to do good deeds and grow their hearts three sizes (as the Grinch's heart grows in the story), the players are collecting donated toys to be given out at the Ministry of Caring dining halls on Dec. 25.

If you would like to donate, please bring a new, unopened toy to add to the donation box just before the event. 

“How the Grinch Stole WHO-ckessin” is Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m., at the Hockessin Library.

CAROLING IN HOCKESSIN

Sing in the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and help brighten a child’s holiday in the process.

Each holiday season, Wilmington-based non-profit Kind to Kids collects thousands of toys to distribute to kids in the state foster care system.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children from infant to 18 years of age.

“Our greatest need is for toys for young children infant to five, and teens 13 to 18,” said Kind to Kids founder and president Caroline Jones.

The foundation will deliver the toys collected at next Thursday’s event to Delaware children in foster care, which Jones said are often children who are victims of abuse and neglect, throughout the holidays.

“This is a wonderful way to brighten the life of a child in need, especially during the holidays which is a difficult time for a child in a foster care setting.  It is a joy to see how the community come together to help the children,” Jones said.

The event features a singalong with Mrs. Claus (aka Hockessin resident Jean Toman), with lyric sheets provided, a dance performance with students of all ages, followed by a chance to meet and have a picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The event is co-sponsored by Hockessin Dance Center, Hockessin Fire Company, the Hockessin Ladies Auxiliary, Prima’s Pizza and MaryBeth Tribbitt of Patterson Schwartz.

Caroling in Hockessin is Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at the Hockessin Memorial Hall.