Twenty-four life-sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, appear in a winter wonderland of lighted trees and festive holiday décor in downtown Great Bend. The exhibit, known as “Santas Around the World,” is now open to the public at 1223 Main Street. Additionally, Santa Claus will be present at the location to visit with children during the same hours that the “Santas” exhibit is open to the public.
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 Christina Hayes at the City of Great Bend, 620-793-4111. The Santa exhibit will be on display through Dec. 22.
There is no charge to visit the exhibit, but a freewill donation is suggested to provide funds to Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation, as well as to provide a payment to Great Bend’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program for helping to man the booth through the season. Roots & Wings provides therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities to people in need who have developmental disabilities.
The multi-cultural Santas are a collection that spans five years of work and artistry by Great Bend artist Loretta Miller. The Santas have gained state and national recognition since their creation. Arts & Entertainment Network even featured Miller’s Santas in a 2003 holiday special, titled “Ultimate Holidaytown USA.”