LAKE OZARK, Mo. – Santa Claus is coming to Lake Ozark.
The Santa Caravan will be at the Dam Bait Shop and Campground in Lake Ozark at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus in a sleigh. The caravan will start at Prewitt’s Point between Lowe’s and JoAnn’s Fabrics and travel with the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District and the Lake Ozark and Osage Beach Police Departments. They will caravan across the dam with full sirens and lights flashing to the song “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Children can greet Santa on the Bait Shop property at 6:15 p.m.
At the bait shop, children can get their pictures taken with Santa for free using their own camera, or for a fee by a professional photographer. There will be a small fire pit for cooking s’mores, along with cookies, hot chocolate, and crafts for the children. A large bonfire will also help keep everyone warm. Everything is free except hot dogs, chips and sodas, which are $1 each.
The evening’s festivities will end at 7:30 p.m. around the flag pole with a rendition of “God Bless the USA.” “We want all the kids to come out and enjoy all of the events. This year’s caravan will be bigger than it’s ever been,” Caravan Organizer Betsy Browning said. “The kids get so excited they cry and scream when they see Santa coming with all the lights and sirens. The music is as loud as you ever heard and it just blares through the valley.”
Santa’s Caravan is a long-time tradition at the Lake; it was formerly called Lake Lights when it was organized by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. This is the first year Browning and the Dam Bait Shop have directed the event. “Twenty-five businesses donated to make this year’s Santa’s Caravan a success,” Browning said. The Dam Bait Shop is located below the Bagnell Dam. For more information, call 573-216-2084.