Santa has already started making his appearances around Central New York, but he's going to be making a very special stop at Hotel Utica on November 27th.

Bring the whole family out for a "Day Out with Santa and Friends!" From 9am - 2pm Hotel Utica is going to filled with all the joys of the holiday season. Not only will Santa be there to hangout with the children and take free pictures, but there will also be face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides outside of the hotel, and special children's TV Show characters will be there as well.

Each child will also receive a free gift, and have the opportunity to meet the "Wildlife Defenders" and their animals.

The event is free for all children in the Utica and surrounding area. They do ask that you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. This food will be donated to the Food Bank of Utica, to help out others in our community.

This is the 15th year "Santa's Vision" has put on this event throughout New York. Last year, over 600 toys were given away to children and more than 1,500 people showed up to the event (which was held at the Hampton Inn in Utica).

Welcome Santa Claus to Hotel Utica! Spend some quality time with the family as we get ready for the holiday season.


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[H/T: Facebook Page - Mayor of Utica Rob Palmieri]