Santa Claus welcomes Warrens area children to visit him at his traveling workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, in the Warrens Area Park picnic shelter.

“While Santa Claus won’t be able to have children sit on his lap this year, the kids will still have a chance to talk to Santa through his workshop window,” said Cranberry County Lioness President Sara Moseley.

Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revel is serving as Santa’s helper handing out goodie bags to each child from the Cranberry Country Lioness. The jolly old elf’s visit to Warrens is being sponsored by the Revels family.

Social distancing will be practiced. Face masks are encouraged, but not required. Parents should bring their own camera or smart phone if they wish to have a photo of their child with Santa as there will not be an official photographer this year.

Dec. 18 is also the Warrens Community Christmas Meal at the Warrens Lions Log Building. Carry-out meals featuring beef brisket will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu also includes potatoes, vegetable, roll and Christmas cookies for dessert.

To pick up a dinner, drive up to the front door of the Log Building and volunteers will bring your meals out to your car. There will be no in-person dining.

“The community Christmas dinner and visit by Santa are the third and final of our Flannel Fridays in December events. Despite the pandemic we felt the need to have Christmas activities where we could safely come together as a community while sharing the joy of the season,” Moseley said.

The Flannel Friday events kicked off Dec. 4 with the Redneck Christmas Tree Contest featuring two-dimensional trees made of repurposed items. Fourteen trees were entered in the first-time event.

Winning the Commercial/Business category was the Antique Mall of Tomah. The Organization/Club division was won by the La Grange Tunnel-Lites 4-H Club. The Kelly and Cody Sutherland family were the winners of the Family/Individual category. Tomah Mayor Mike Murray and his family served as the official judges.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award – which was decided by fans of the Visit Warrens Facebook page – was the entry by Meadow Valley Log Homes. Photos of all the entries and the names of the other winners are posted on the Visit Warrens Facebook page.

The trees will be on display at the Warrens softball field until Jan. 2.

The Dec. 11 Flannel Friday event – “Share the Christmas Spirit – featured holiday music performed by David and Meredith Moseley, members of the Oakes family and a group of Tomah High School band students in the park picnic shelter. Attendees donated $90 and about 20 pounds of food for a collection taken for the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Dec. 18