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Sirens signal Santa’s arrival at Sandbar


Santa Claus arrives at noon Dec. 10 on a fire truck for the 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.


On arriving at the Sandbar, Santa made a second surprise entrance to the party on a scooter. He zipped across the beach on two wheels, greeting children before taking his seat to hear their Christmas wishes.


Snowbird the clown creates a balloon sword for Kahleal Dixon, 3, at the 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 10. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield.


Two bounce houses were set up in the sand behind the pavilion for children invited to the kids’ Christmas party Dec. 10 at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave. Anna Maria.


Volunteer Morgan Burns from King Middle School in Bradenton paints the face of Ruby, 3, during the Christmas party for kids Dec. 10.


Children invited to the Christmas party enjoy lunch served by Sandbar Restaurant staff and volunteers before Santa arrived to for a visit. The lunch included juice, chicken fingers and french fries.


Micky and Minnie Mouse attended the Chiles Christmas party, greeting and high-fiving kids. Dora the Explorer, Woody and Sponge Bob also made appearances.


Privateer Roger “Hoodat” Murphree hands out pirate beads to children at the Sandbar Restaurant. The Privateers welcomed attendees arriving at the Sandbar pavilion.


Santa greets children on the beach after his beachside entrance on a scooter. He posed for plenty of photos and gave loads to hugs children.


Santa greets children in the parking lot of the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, before heading off for his second beachside entrance to the party.


Tremaine Patton, 2, visits with Santa and receives a gift. Every child meeting Santa received a new pair of shoes, an outfit and a toy.

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