HENDERSON, Ky. – In a few days when he leaves for the North Pole to pack his sleigh for his big annual delivery night, Santa Claus will mail a bundle of reply letters from the post office in Santa Claus, Ind., that bears his name.
Santa and his elves will answer letters from children that are dropped in his mailbox at the Christmas in the Park display in downtown Henderson’s Central Park provided a return address was provided.
City of Henderson Parks Department officials said Santa received 130 letters in his mailbox last year, and 79 of them had return addresses.
Parks Department officials also said Santa also got a jolly old chuckle over some of the messages he received.
One little girl asked for many toys but suggested that Santa bring her sister “socks and underwear, because she was bad.”
And a little boy attempted to bribe Santa, promising to “slide him some extra cookies” if Santa wrote him back.
Popular requests made in the mail Santa received were for electronics (including iPads and iPhones), and toys.
Many of the letters included requests that Christmas greetings be passed along to Mrs. Claus, the Elves and the Reindeer.
Santa Claus will visits Central Park on Saturdays and Sundays during December, but leaves for the North Pole following his Dec. 16 visit. Santa’s hours in his Central Park workshop are Saturdays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.
However, the 33rd-annual Christmas in the Park celebration with its 67-foot community Christmas Tree and more than 15,000 lights remains open for play time and photos until the end of December.
Christmas in the Park is presented by the City of Henderson in partnership with the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club. It features more than 30 displays, many of which are interactive.