Santa's not coming to Stow City Hall this year.
But, that's only because Mayor Sara Drew said Santa and Mrs. Claus have so many visits to make in Stow this year that he simply does not have the time this Christmas.
The city decided to not continue its annual Winter Wonderland Celebration to offer a variety of more programs throughout the year.
In past years, hundreds of children and parents have attended the event, where there are crafts for children, pictures with Santa and caroling.
"Because of the amount of staff time and preparation, we decided to move on," said Drew. "There are a lot of opportunities for residents to visit with Santa in shopping plazas and during the Breakfast with Santa event. We are not taking away opportunities for families to celebrate holidays — we’re looking to do new and different events where there are gaps in the community."
The parks and recreation department is beginning to plan a Spring fling event and just recently, for the first time, the city offered trick-or-treating indoors at city hall.
"We have limited resources and instead of blowing them on one or two events, we want to have lots of variety for families to take advantage of," Drew said.
The mayor says she's no Grinch though — the holiday lights will still be up around city hall soon.