Maricopa Santa adopts COVID restrictions while inviting community

Linda and Rich Huggins bring Christmas into their home along with Santa and Mrs. Claus every year. Photo courtesy Random Shots

The 12 Days of Christmas are in full swing at Santa’s South Pole residence in Desert Cedars. Santa and Mrs. Claus have put in anti-COVID safety measures while still allowing children to chat with the Big Man.

Santa officially arrived Nov. 27 at the home of Rich and Linda Huggins, 44267 W. Cypress Lane. Every Friday and Saturday, 6-8 p.m., through Dec. 20, children may come by to tell him what they want for Christmas.

The visits are free. Families are asked to bring unwrapped toys to be donated to F.O.R. Maricopa, a food bank benefiting less-fortunate families.

“We have been searching and trying to determine how we can visit with everyone and still remain within the local guidelines, maintain social distancing and most importantly remaining safe for everyone,” Linda Huggins said.

That means all must wear masks while at the residence, and the children will be able to talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus from six feet away.

Anyone who does not feel well or has temperature is encouraged to stay at home.