Loretto Hospital to host socially distant Santa visits

December 4, 2020
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In an effort to spread holiday cheer this season, The Loretto Hospital will host its 30th annual “visit with Santa” Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Austin residents and surrounding West Side-area community members are invited to take part in this holiday tradition, which will take place at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

This year’s event will be a drive-through visit with Santa to comply with COVID-19 and social distancing directives.

“One of the time-honored traditions at The Loretto Hospital is the annual Visit with Santa,” Camille Y. Lilly, chief external affairs officer for the hospital and a state lawmaker, said in a statement.

“We recognize the importance of sharing traditions with loved ones during the holidays and are delighted to safely welcome the community to take part in this year’s treasured experience during the most festive time of year.”

The long-standing event will include Christmas gifts for children 12 and under. Space is limited to the first 200 families. The deadline to register for the event is Monday, Dec. 7; those interested in attending can reserve a spot in advance by visiting the link here. Spots are filling up fast, so register ASAP.

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