Santa Claus is coming to town, bringing cheer and kicking off the holiday season at the Windsor Wonderland.

From 12-5 p.m. on December 3, Windsor's Boardwalk Park will transform into a winter wonderland, complete with festivities for the whole family and free for all to attend. In addition to pictures with Santa at the historic Art and Heritage Center, there will be hay wagon rides, a petting zoo, dance demonstrations, hot chocolate, and cookies too. All of the downtown merchants will have their doors open, so you can also get some of your holiday shopping done during the celebration. At sunset, the community is invited to gather at Boardwalk Park to enjoy a tree lighting ceremony and caroling in front of the historic Windsor Train Depot Museum.

Below is the full schedule for the afternoon:

  • Noon — Santa’s arrival by train at the 5th Street and Ash Street crossing
  • Noon - 1 p.m. — Paul Maley holiday music in front of the Art and Heritage Center
  • Noon - 4 p.m. — Pictures with Santa inside the Art and Heritage Center
  • Noon - 4:45 p.m.
    • Hay rack rides around Boardwalk Park
    • Coffee, cocoa and cookies at Pikes Auto Care Center
    • Holiday photo booth at Pikes Auto Care Center
    • S’mores by the Boardwalk Park bell
    • Snowball fight on the Train Depot Museum lawn at Boardwalk Park
    • Storytime with the Clearview Library District at Boardwalk Park (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30)
    • Petting zoo, corn box and teeter totter at Boardwalk Park
    • Fire truck, REA bucket truck, bookmobile and vendors along north 5th Street
    • Holiday crafts and letters to Santa in the Train Depot Museum at Boardwalk Park
  • 1-2 p.m. — Windsor Cheer and Dance Team presentations at Boardwalk Park
  • 2-4 p.m. — Choice City Singers Caroling Group caroling around Boardwalk Park
  • 4:30-5 p.m. — Charity Pike holiday music at the Train Depot Museum tree
  • 4:45 p.m. — Tree lighting by Mayor Kristie Melendez in front of the Train Depot Museum