On a normal year at about this time, kids would be abuzz visiting Santa at Lockport's Kenan Center.

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This year, due to COVID-19- things have changed but center officials have created another way for kids to connect with the jolly old elf according to a story aired on WIVB-TV.

Now through Sunday, Dec. 20, kids can deposit their letters to Santa in a special red mailbox in front of the Kenan Center (433 Locust St.). Include a return address, and you’ll get a letter back!

“It’s a fun way to connect with Santa,” said Parrish Gibbons Herzog, public relations director for the Kenan Center. “The response has been great- we’re receiving visitors from all over the region, not just Lockport.”

This hopefully gives kids a chance to brush up on their letter-writing skills while creating a wish-list to share with the big guy.

“I think this is kind of encouraging a new way for kids to reach out to Santa,” Herzog said. “This is kind of bringing back the art of letter writing.”

The Ed Croft Trio performed A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi, and the live recording will be made available at 4 p.m. on Dec. 11. It can be watched anytime.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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