Gahanna-area children are invited to visit with Santa Claus over the next three Saturdays at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St.

Gahanna-area children are invited to visit with Santa Claus over the next three Saturdays at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St.

Zac Guthrie, Gahanna recreation specialist, said “the real” Santa would be at the herb center to greet children from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Children may have their pictures taken with Santa for a nominal fee, and they will have an opportunity to decorate wooden ornaments to showcase their prints.

“We’ll have other opportunities to purchase holiday-themed items,” Guthrie said. “The idea is to offer something they can take home and do together as a family at home. We’ll have a few take-home crafts.”

The center also will offer different herbs of the season, such as peppermint.

In addition to the special visits at the herb center, the Telhio Credit Union, in partnership with the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, will present a holiday character breakfast. Eleven breakfast seatings will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High St.

“The Telhio team is transforming the sanctuary into this beautiful holiday theme,” Gahanna CVB director Karen Eylon said. “Telhio has been amazing to transform that space. There will be four characters that are holiday related: a snowman, polar bear, penguin and teddy bear. A gentleman is creating entertainment with these characters, telling how they helped save the holiday season.”

Families will be able to enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast by Katie’s Cakes.

“They flip the pancakes, and the kids can try to catch the pancakes,” Eylon said. “There also will be a secret Santa gift shop, where the volunteers take the children around and shop for mom and dad and grandma and grandpa.”

After breakfast, Eylon said, they could walk to the herb center to visit with Santa.

The breakfast is $6. Children under age 3 will be admitted for free.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, but advanced tickets are recommended because seating is limited.

Tickets may be purchased by visitin the website at Gahannaholidaylights.com; at the Gahanna CVB office, 167 Mill St.; or at any Telhio branch.