Don’t miss cookies with Santa and a family concert

Hanover’s own big band, The Jazzberries, will perform a holiday extravaganza with featured vocalist, 10-year-old Nicole Gross, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Eichelberger Performaing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover.

Before the show, children are invited to have cookies and milk with Santa from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the conservatory and on stage after the concert. Bring your cameras for photos with Santa.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 18 and younger.

To order tickets, call 637-7086 or visit

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Kid Scoop plays reindeer games

Real reindeer look more like a moose than a white-tailed deer. (Photo by Kevin Dooley via

Today’s Kid Scoop celebrates one of the most enduring images of Christmas — the fact that Santa Claus’ sleigh is pulled by a team of reindeer.

Reindeer, of course, are real creatures but they don’t look quite as cute as the deer Americans are most familiar with. Instead, they’re more like a moose than a white-tailed deer.

Reindeer, which can weigh up to 700 lbs each, come from the subarctic and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and that makes them ideal animals to help Santa out on his yearly mission. To help them beat the cold, they have a thick coat of fur that can have a variety of colors, including white, brown and black.

Both male and female reindeer grow antlers. This is to help them dig through deep snow and uncover plants to eat.

As for Santa Claus’ reindeer, Wikipedia has a long article on the team, but you know the top nine reindeer, right? They are:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph (when the weather calls for his inclusion)

Here are some quick video facts about reindeer.

Next you can see the story of Olive. You know her … she’s one of the “other reindeer.”

This video shows reindeer on the move in Iceland … and not a bit of snow to be seen.

Learn about how the people of Siberia used (and some still use) the reindeer to survive.

Hip-hop star DMX sings “Rudolph.”

Photos from Kiskadee 3 and Kevin Dooley via

In the wild reindeer travel in huge herds. (Photo by Kiskadee 3 via

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to Learn about what you can submit here.


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New Freedom church to host free lunch with Santa

A free lunch with Santa is open to residents of southern York and northern Baltimore counties from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom.

Hosted by the church’s ecumenical outreach program, The Lord’s Lunch, all children will have the opportunity to visit with and receive a free picture with Santa, a treat bag and a toy. In addition, there will be a craft station and an opportunity for children to make Christmas cards. There is no cost for the event, but donations will be accepted. There are no income or age restrictions.

The Lord’s Lunch prepares and serves free hearty meals for residents of southern York and northern Baltimore counties on the second and fourth Saturdays monthly.

For more information, call (717) 235-2315.

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Register soon for a photo op with Santa

Santa Claus will be at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Photo opportunities with Santa will be available for children, grandchildren and small pets. Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and share their secret wish list. Hot chocolate and cookies will
be provided.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Dec. 7.

To register, call Denise Lauer at (717) 741-0961.

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Annual Delta Christmas Fair opens Friday

The Mason-Dixon Line has announced the lineup of its 34th annual Delta Christmas Fair this weekend.

– Live Nativity, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 629 Main St. Girl Scouts will be caroling throughout the borough.

– Lighting of the Delta Borough tree, 8 p.m. on the grounds of Delta Discount Grocery and More, 520 Main St. Santa will arrive, Mason-Dixon Lions Club will provide treats for kids, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, and all present will join in singing traditional songs.


– All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Delta Area Community Senior Center and a craft show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St.

– Santa will visit, 10 a.m.-noon, and a flea market and food, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co., 500 Main St.

– Children’s movie marathan featuring “Elf” at noon, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 1:45 p.m., and “The Polar Express” at 2:45 p.m. Sponsored by Harford County Public Library, Whiteford branch.

The information center for the fair weekend will be at the Old Line Museum, 602 Main St., Delta.

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Santa photo session is Saturday at York College

York College’s Habitat for Humanity Club will host a picture session with with Santa, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Student Union building, 441 Country Club Road.

Children who attend will also be able to contruct their own gingerbread houses. Pictures are $3, with additional prints for 50 cents each. All proceeds go directly to the Habitat house at 37 W. Jackson St.

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Santa to visit Springettsbury Township event

Santa will help celebrate Springettsbury Township’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Springettsbury Township Park amphitheater.

The event will feature musical performances by Central York Middle School Christmas Carolers, Central York Middle School Christmas Brass, York Suburban Middle School Christmas Jazz Band and York Suburban Middle School Sounds of Tomorrow Chorus.

There will also be hot chocolate and cookies and an appearance by Santa, who has a treat for everyone.

The Marine Color Guard and Reservists will collect new toys for the Toys for Tots program, with a drawing for prizes for each toy or cash donation.

For event updates or in the case of inclement weather, visit; call 505-0406; or listen to radio station 96.1 WSOX.

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Santa to visit Brown’s Orchards

Santa has announced his holiday schedule at Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville.

Santa will visit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17 to Dec. 22; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 18 to Dec. 23; and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

For more information, call (717) 428-2036 or visit

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Eat breakfast with Santa on Saturday

The Northeastern High School Student Senate will host an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the school, 300 High St., Manchester.

The menu will feature pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and tea. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. For $1 off the admission price, bring hats, gloves, gift cards, etc. for Northeastern’s Help-A-Neighbor program.

Santa, Mrs. Clause, and the Elves will be there, so bring your camera for pictures. The entire York community is invited. Proceeds benefit NHS Student Senate.

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