Don’t miss 20th North Pole Village
by CRRC Staff
Children’s giggles and shouts of glee will soon be heard six nights in December outside the CRRC Rec Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake. It must be North Pole Village time again.
Now in its 20th year, North Pole Village has become more than a place to take your kids.
“It’s a place where grandparents are now bringing their kids. It’s a place where kids who enjoyed the village when they were young are now bringing their own children,” says Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) Executive Director Darin Zumwalt, who dons a big top hat and suit coat as acting mayor of North Pole Village.
“To celebrate the 20th year of North Pole Village, we’re adding a building with a new kids’ activity. We’ve got some other surprises up our sleeves, too. Our community has been a great part of making this year a real celebration.”
North Pole Village’s magical setting is a great place to take family pictures or pictures with Santa (or both!), and the Country Store will be open for shopping, he says.
“People come from as far away as Kyle and San Antonio for the North Pole Village. And we’ve got some surprises for the 20th anniversary that will make the trip worthwhile for all families.”
Admission is $5 for children older than 18 months and $5 for adults. Fee covers all activities. Photos with Santa are $5 and can include as many people that can squeeze around his chair.
Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9, Saturday, Dec. 10, Thursday, Dec. 15, Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17.
Proceeds support CRRC Food Pantry and Crisis Programs. For more information, click here.
Breakfast with Santa
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, area families can enjoy a sneak-peek of the Christmas spectacular at CRRC’s Third Annual Breakfast with Santa, served by Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club and employees of Brookshire Brothers Grocery Store, the sponsor of this year’s event.
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and drinks for $5.
North Pole Villages features:
- Deep Freeze Cafe sponsored by Brookshire Bros.
- Country Store
- Post office for writing letters to Santa
- Toyland for adopting toys
- Firehouse for checking new toys and learning about fire safety
- Pet Barn with four-legged household members
- Library for checking out new books
- Frosty’s Ice Fishing with candy surprises
- Schoolhouse to make Christmas ornaments
- Elves House featuring face painting
- Bakery to frost Christmas cookies
- Live nativity scene Dec. 16
Thanking Canyon Lake
CRRC presents the village as a thank you to the community for its support throughout the year.
“Whether it’s food for the pantry, volunteering as a ref for Spurs basketball at the Rec or giving items to our thrift store, we appreciate how our community opens its heart to our organization,” Zumwalt says.
And even though the village is a thank you, it still requires a lot of giving. Zumwalt said it takes more than 60 volunteers to run the village for three hours. And the community doesn’t fail to come through.
“Some of our volunteers work every night. Others have to crawl into a small space for the ice fishing and tie things on the line,” he said. “But they don’t complain.”
Sometimes kids from high school service clubs come and spend an evening working booths they used to frequent when they were in elementary school.
The North Pole Village was born out of the need to raise funds to build the Rec Center. The brainchild of Trish Wyatt in 1991, community members joined in to build a safe place for kids to participate in activities. Ricky Henderson had the Village idea.
In 2003, the Rec Center joined with the Canyon Lake Action Center to become CRRC, which took over the event. In 2005, Sue Schubring joined CRRC and added buildings and activities to the Village.
Many businesses and organizations have helped rebuild some of the older buildings. Others sponsor activities.