Columbus’ National Civil War Museum hosted its 17th annual Christmas event this weekend. The National Civil War Naval Museum offered activities free of charge for guests, but asked that they bring in non-perishable food items for the faith-based non-profit Valley Rescue Mission.
Christmas at the Museum featured free face painting for kids, a violinist who preformed Christmas carols and families could also take photos with Santa. Meeting Santa was the highlight for many.
Guests say that they enjoy that Mr. Claus makes every single person feel special no matter how long of a line he has.
“He sits here and talks to hundreds and hundreds of children as if each child were the only child in the world. It’s so wonderful and comforting and makes you believe in Santa Claus no matter how old you are,” Wait said.
“It’s been a wonderful experience, but also Saint Nicholas/ Santa Claus is also the patron saint of sailors, so here in a Naval Museum is a natural place to be,” Claus said.
Santa Claus says he’s visited the naval museum since the start of the Christmas at the Museum in 2001. He says he enjoys the event because not only does he get to speak with the kids, but it creates a space for those to give back.
Organizers say they expect today’s Christmas at the Museum will exceed their canned food collection expectations. All items donated to valley rescue mission go directly towards the non profit’s faith based efforts to aid the homeless, those suffering addiction, and women and children escaping domestic violence.