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Santa visits Black Butte Ranch

Santa Claus is extremely busy in this season, but each year he makes time to spend the weekend before Christmas at Black Butte Ranch. He visits with dozens and dozens of children, hearing about their year and their holiday wish list, then shares story and song with the 400 or so people who turn out for the Ranch’s Breakfast with Santa.

Julia Kelleher of Bend has been bringing an extended family of 20 out to Black Butte Ranch each year for the past seven years. The reason is simple:

“He’s the best Santa,” she told The Nugget. “Real Santa.”

Over Saturday and Sunday morning, Santa spent hours with the children as thousands of pictures were snapped. Then, presumably, he headed back to the North Pole with a long list of Christmas wishes in his pocket to prepare for one extraordinarily busy night of delivery.

Breakfast with Santa is part of Black Butte Ranch’s set of traditional holiday activities, which also includes tours of the Ranch in a wreath-decked carriage.

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Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

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Jim Cornelius is editor in chief of The Nugget and author of “Warriors of the Wildlands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans.” A history buff, he explores frontier history across three centuries and several continents on his podcast, The Frontier Partisans. For more information visit


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