May 26, 2018
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Santa, kids to share breakfast in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Guess who’s coming for breakfast.

Santa Claus, and he plans to be hungry.

For the 10th year, the man in red will be the guest of honor Sunday morning at an all-you-can-eat breakfast sponsored by the Belfast Lions Club that is designed to give him quality time with local children.

“This one’s always special,” Lions Club member Eric Walker said of the Breakfast with Santa event. “We want to encourage kids to come out and meet Santa, not in a mall setting, but in a much more personal setting.”

Children can sit with their parents or other family members or friends, then go talk to Santa Claus whenever they want, he said.

“I think kids feel much more comfortable in this setting,” Walker said.

The Lions Club will be taking pictures of children with Santa Claus for no additional fee, he said.

Money raised at the breakfast will go to a local charity, Walker said. In the past, the club has worked to help raise funds for Project Graduation.

Also, if anyone would like to drop off unwrapped presents for needy children, club members will make sure they get to Toys for Tots.

Walker said that while Santa Claus might be the biggest draw, what’s on the menu is something special, too.

“The food is phenomenal,” he said. “Anything you could want in an omelet is there. The food is just out of this world.”

Breakfast with Santa will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Belfast Shrine Club and will feature made-to-order omelets, pancakes, bacon and much more. Cost $8 for adults, $3 for under 12.

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