SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Sioux City Elks Lodge #112 held their annual Christmas party for about 70 kids on Saturday morning.
KCAU 9 Digital spoke with Kathy Lillie, a member of the Sioux City Elks Lodge #112, about the importance of the Christmas party.
“We feel that it’s very important. We tried to be a family club, family-oriented. We like to do things that can include all family members, whether you’re a baby or you’re a teenager,” said Lillie.
The Christmas party is a long-standing tradition for the Elks Lodge.
The highlight of the party was meeting and taking photos with Santa himself.
“[I] love that! That’s my favorite part when Santa comes in and the kids start squealing and, you know, running up to him. That’s just the best part of all!” said Lillie.
Some kids – and parents – sat on Santa’s lap to share their Christmas wishlist.
Everyone who sat on Santa’s lap and took a photo with him got a pencil with a big holiday-themed eraser and a small candy cane.
The kids also decorated cookies and had hot chocolate.
They made ornaments, picture frames, bookmarks, and wrote letters to Santa that they could place in a mailbox marked for the North Pole.
For more information about Sioux City Elks Lodge #112, go to their Facebook page.