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BY: Rikki Cason | November 24, 2012

Everyone has a wish list this holiday season, especially children.

Helping to make sure the big man himself hears that list is Lockport’s Chris Parada.

Parada will once again bring the magic of Christmas to life with the Santa Claus Christmas Cottage at Day Road Park.

The cottage will open for the season on Dec. 1. It will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Christmas.

Santa will arrive Sunday, Nov. 25 during the Town of Lockport’s Winterfest celebration. During the event — from noon to 3 p.m. — children and families can enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and other treats. The park’s lighted display will also be turned on during the event.

This is the third year for the Santa Claus Christmas Cottage.

The inside is decorated with a sleigh that kids can sit in and a train that runs around the top.

Adults can also enjoy looking at Charles W. Howard memorabilia.

Howard, who the cottage is dedicated to, created the only professional Santa Claus school in 1937 in Albion.

He also was Santa at several department stores in Buffalo, Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. and Dallas, Texas, along with being Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1948 to 1965.

Each child visiting Santa at the cottage will receive Santa dust.

“It’s something special that kids look forward to,” said Parada.

He said on Christmas Eve children can go outside and sprinkle the dust in the snow, so when Santa flies overhead he knows to stop at their house.

The trip to see Santa at Day Road Park is free and parents are encouraged to bring a camera.

There is also a North Pole mailbox at the cottage, where children can drop their letters and wish list to Santa.

Those children who include a legible return address will get a response from Santa.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Cottage visit www.lockportsantaclaus.com.

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