Area children — and adults too if they’re so inclined — have a chance to get their pictures taken with none other than Santa Claus from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the JN Long Cultural Arts Complex, 425 Granbury St. in Cleburne.

Better yet, the pictures are free. 

The event, hosted by the Johnson County Democratic Party, also provides residents with a chance to give back.

“We’re having a toy drive that day too,” JCDP Precinct Chairman Jim Garvin said. “So we’re asking anyone who’s able to bring unwrapped toys or clothes. We’re going to donate those to local charitable organizations.”

All are welcome and the event is strictly bipartisan, Garvin said.

“Nothing political about this,” Garvin said. “This is just something we’re doing to give back to the community and help spread a little Christmas cheer. Every kiddo wants to get their picture with Santa, but a lot of places charge for that. We just wanted to do this for any families who would be unable to do it otherwise. We’ll have a photographer there, but parents are also welcome to take cellphone pictures too.

Finger foods will be served, Garvin said.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for people to get together, enjoy each other’s company and get into the Christmas spirit,” Garvin said.

Santa last week said that he’s looking forward to visiting Cleburne to spend time with the children of Johnson County.

“The kids really believe and understand the spirit of Christmas,” Santa said. “They get lots of enjoyment out of it and so do their parents. Tell you the truth, so do I.”

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