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Santa makes socially-distanced appearances on Central Coast

Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 04, 2020

Holiday cheer is in full effect on the Central Coast and many people are celebrating this year despite some minor changes due to COVID-19.

A very Merry Christmas cheer as Santa gets ready to greet children at the Town Center in Santa Maria.

"I want to ask him all the stuff that I want," a very excited Monica Salinas said.

Parents also expressed their excitement to have their children meet Santa.

"It's still important for them to know that you know Santa is there we gotta listen we gotta behave make their wishlist for Santa,” mom Lorena Salinas said.

This year families can also meet Santa virtually on websites like Jingle Ring by signing up and choosing any Claus or even a Mrs. Claus.

From Santa Claus at the mall to even reindeer in Atascadero, the coast is full of holiday cheer and parents say it's important to keep these traditions alive.

"Especially during COVID when there so many restrictions at least we can still be outdoors and we can enjoy some really beautiful animals," Jan Chaffin said.

Families can come out to feed cookie and frosty this weekend in Atascadero, some saying it's a relief during these hard times.

"It's actually pretty cool since like we are in COVID and we are not doing anything so it's kind of like awesome to come and see something else besides like our wall," Janely Infante said.

But the most important thing to remember this holiday season according to parents is, "To still believe, you know and still be able to see that Santa is there always watching so definitely you know to keep that tradition alive for them,” Salinas said.

The reindeer will be in front of Historic Atascadero City Hall on Palma Avenue, Dec. 4-6, from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.