This time of year, a question usually arises about the ‘Santas Around The World’ exhibit located in downtown Great Bend. Are there 23 or 24 Santas in the exhibit? The answer is that there are 23 displays showcasing 24 Santas. That’s because one display, Pere Noel of France, includes two figures.
According to legend, Pere Noel provided gifts in wooden shoes left out by good children. His grouchy alter-ego, Pere Fouchette, left switches for bad boys and girls.
People can learn and experience Santa traditions from across the globe by touring the exhibit, now open to the public at 1223 Main Street. The multi-cultural Santas are a collection that span five years of work and artistry by Great Bend artist Loretta Miller. The life-sized Santas represent countries and regions from around the world and they appear in a winter wonderland of lighted trees and festive holiday décor.
The public can visit the international Santa display from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. People can schedule appointments outside of those hours by calling the Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation office, 620-796-2242. The Santa exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.
There is a $2 charge per person to visit the exhibit; children 8 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Admission proceeds go to Volunteers In Action (RSVP), or to Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation.
Additionally, Santa Claus himself will be present at the location to visit with children during regular hours that the “Santas” exhibit is open this season.