Santa with buddies Anthony Darwin and Kendric Wheeler. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Santa with buddies Anthony Darwin and Kendric Wheeler. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – Santa arrived on a United Fire and Rescue truck with lights and siren announcing his arrival in Woodville for his annual visit with Mrs. Claus to his Workshop last Saturday, December 8, 2018. The weather was decent for Santa and Mrs. Claus to entertain about 350 happy children and their parents for a three-hour visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodville Lions Den/Community Center. Then the couple had to head right back to the North Pole to make sure the elves are working hard on the last details before the big flight with the sleigh and the reindeer  in a couple of weeks.

The Woodville Lions Club again sponsored the St. Croix Area Volunteer League for this annual well-loved traditional holiday event in downtown Woodville that brings so much seasonal joy to the area kids, young and old alike. 

The Lions Den was filled once more with lots of smiling children who after having their chat and pictures taken with Santa, had treats and engaged in doing an assortment of different crafts and played games with the help of many of Santa’s kind elves (Volunteer League and community members).  There were over 450 crafts made, 200 Christmas shapes were scratched off for take-home ornaments and over 200 pictures got colored along with playing fun games last Saturday.

First Princess Libby Whirry of the 2018-19 Syttende Mai Court and other community volunteers were on hand cheerfully greeting everyone and carefully painting faces for all the kids who came by their busy popular table at Santa’s Workshop.

Diane Gedatus, Chief Elf, of the St. Croix Area Volunteer League said, “The 2018 Santa’s Workshop had a fantastic turnout and it was another tremendous event for the kids in our community.”

Gedatus reported that six gallons of ice cream were happily consumed in sundaes the kids made, along with many gallons of milk, and hundreds of yummy cookies.

Santa has been coming to Woodville for longer than people in the Village of Woodville can remember, and here he was once more in 2018 with Mrs. Claus to get the all-important “Letters to Santa” from all the good girls and boys in the community.

Hundreds of children sat on Santa’s lap for a chat and the opportunity to get a picture taken by mom or dad.

Gedatus continued, “We received 110 pounds of food to donate to the Woodville Area Food Pantry.”

The community is always generous in making donations to the local food pantry as they participate in this annual visit to Woodville by Santa and Mrs. Claus for their one-day Workshop that the kids love to attend.

As always there is never a charge for anyone attending Woodville’s Santa’s Workshop.

The St. Croix Area Volunteer League thanks the Woodville Lions for their continued generous sponsorship of this momentous event. The League also thanks Santa (Mike Mahoney) and Mrs. Claus (Deann Dahl), and all of Santa’s Elves (League and community volunteers) who helped make the 2018 Woodville Santa's Workshop the wonderful gift it always is for area kids.

Gedatus added, "Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for making this year’s Workshop another immense success. We are looking forward to seeing you at our next event, which is the Woodville Easter Egg Hunt on the Saturday before Easter at 10:00 a.m.”

If you would like to join in on the fun and volunteer with St. Croix Area Volunteer League, please contact Letty Sowman at 715-698-3516 or email Diane Gedatus at

Merry Christmas Woodville!