"You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, you'd better not pout, I'm telling you why..."

Santa Claus is coming to town!

That's right - the Jolly One will be in Chatfield not once, but twice! His first appearance is a milk-and-cookies affair at city hall, courtesy of the Chatfield Commercial Club, on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Chatfield Commercial Club President Paula Bessingpas is excited to add that Mrs. Claus and her own personal helper are going to lend a hand to the merry-making.

"Santa's coming to town, hitching a ride in Mrs. Claus's hot red pickup," she stated, pointing out the Clauses will bring a treat bag for everyone with fun Christmas pages to color and take home.

There will also be time for every boy and girl to sit on Santa's lap and share what's on their Christmas list.

"We encourage moms and dads to bring cameras to take pictures of the kids sitting on Santa's lap and we hope that lots of kids come to see Santa," Bessingpas added. "He's our favorite happy person in December...the guy who brings all the toys to the good boys and girls."

If the little ones are too busy shopping for gifts for their brothers and sisters the first Saturday of the month, they can catch up with Santa the following Friday when he visits the Chatfield Ambulance station.

Director Sue Kester explained the Chatfield Ambulance Activities Association will host Santa's stop Friday, Dec. 13.

"Santa will be at city hall and the ambulance station on Friday, December 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. He'll be right beside the ambulance in the garage and this is a meet and greet - we'll have face painting, a cupcake walk and cookie decorating and sign-ups for door prizes," she added. "We'll also have a photographer, so if you have your picture taken, we will need e-mail addresses and names where we can send the photos."

The occasion will not only provide a second chance to see Santa, but also an opportunity for the ambulance crew to meet the children who live in Chatfield and the surrounding area.

"This is a way for us to interact with the kids and have lots of fun, a great way to meet kids in a nonthreatening way," Kester said. "We have loads of fun doing this. The evening is early enough for families to come and still have a family night together."

Chatfield's city hall is located at 21 Second St. SE, Chatfield. Donations for photos taken will be accepted during Santa's ambulance station stop.