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Santa visits Heritage House

Special to The Leader

Santa Claus and his collection of mechanical toys return to the Heritage House Museum Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa is now on the third generation of some children he’s seen at the restored 1902 house.

Heritage House is a middle class home that was saved from demolition and moved to 905 W. Division Avenue in downtown Orange. After a restoration, the house opened to the public as a local history museum. The Santa visits started nearly 40 years ago and have become a tradition for Orange County families.

Santa will have his model train set up. As children wait to sit on his lap and whisper their wishes, they can play with a variety of wind-up toys. The Heritage House board members will be serving punch and cookies.

The visit is free, but Heritage House has a small charge for photographs with the Jolly Old Elf.