Families gather for "Santa in the Park" - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Families gather for "Santa in the Park"

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CARBONDALE --  Folks in Carbondale gathered for a good time Tuesday night to see "Santa in the Park."

The celebration took place at Turley Park, hosted by the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, Carbondale Park District, City of Carbondale and lots of volunteers.

They handed out gloves, hats and treats to all the children, who also got homemade cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider. Organizers called this event, especially important, this time of year.

"We've come together to bring Santa to all of the cultures in the community," said organizer Zenetta Coleman. "We feel that it is important simply because a lot of times Santa is not necessarily accessible to children in the community and that's why we bring Santa to the kids."

This marks the 16th year for the event. 

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