Santa Claus is coming back to town from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St.

Saint Nick greeted children Dec. 7 at both the Ohio Herb Center and at the Holiday Character Breakfast at New Life Church, 3690 N. Stygler Road.

"They (Gahanna's children) have been spectacular," said Patrick Kane, portraying Santa. "They're anxious for the holiday season to continue and Christmas to come."

Gahanna brothers Owen and Izak McNair attended the character breakfast with their mother, Angela McNair.

Izak, 3, asked for fire trucks; Owen, 7, told Santa he wants Pokemon items.

Sisters Julia and Kate Wacker from Bexley also visited Santa at the breakfast.

"A Fancy Nancy doll ... that's what Kate is thinking about," said Julia, 7, when Santa asked Kate, 3, what she wants for Christmas.

The Liles sisters -- Arden, 6, Remi, 3, and Viola, 1 -- attended the breakfast for the third time, said Ashley Liles, their mother.

Arden said she enjoys the food at the breakfast, as well as the face painting.

She said she wants a dog and donations for the animal shelter for Christmas.

Remi said she wants a dinosaur toy.

Gahanna's Jaxon Sullivan, 4, asked for two Transformers for Christmas -- a dinosaur and a car.

According to Santa, dinosaurs are the most-requested items this year, closely followed by dolls and superhero toys.

The Holiday Character Breakfast is part of Visit Gahanna's Holiday Lights season, sponsored by Lew Griffin Insurance Group.

The breakfast included free craft activities, face painting, costumed characters, a performance by the Gahanna Lincoln High School Performing Arts Department and stories with the Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

For more information about the visits with Santa at the herb center, go to ohioherbcenter.org.

In addition to visits with Santa, the Holly Jolly Holiday Train is stationed in the Creekside development and available for free rides from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21, 28 and Jan. 4.

The boarding station is in the parking lot behind Lew Griffin Insurance and Art Gallery, 77 Mill St.

The train makes a short loop through the Creekside District and is open to children and adults of all ages.

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