Dwight Davidson holding his Santa bag

Neighborhood Santa

Many children and adults alike look forward to a Santa Claus sighting in December. Whether he arrives in town atop a red fire engine, greets children in a booth at the local shopping center, or awaits visitors on a bench in front of a neighborhood home, Santa is a highlight of the holiday season! One such Santa is Georgetown’s own Dwight Davidson.

How long have you been a Georgetown Santa?

My friend Bobby Butler, who was a Santa in Sweeny, Texas, mentored me for many years before he died and his wife retired the Santa suit. When my wife, Susie, and I moved here 12 years ago, Bobby’s wife, Ann, gave me the suit, and I began doing a few parties and visiting people’s homes as Santa. Then, I decided to just sit on a bench in my front yard in the evenings and wave. Soon, people started coming by with their kids. Before I knew it, I became the Churchill Farms’ Santa, although anyone is welcome to stop by for a visit.

What motivated you to serve your community in this way?

I thought it would be a great way to provide a place where parents could take their children to talk to Santa without waiting in long lines or feeling rushed. The people who come to see me know they can take their time and take as many pictures as they want.

What do you enjoy about being Santa?

I get the thrill of seeing the smiles on kids’ faces and hearing the list of what they want for Christmas. It’s also pretty cool when high school and college kids come by and say they haven’t missed a visit since Santa started sitting outside. Santa continues to show up every December in part because of the way the Churchill Farms community has responded. Neighbors honk and wave and bring their children back to see me year after year.

When can community members visit Santa?

Starting the first week of December, anyone can visit Santa, who arrives by 6:30 most evenings and leaves around 8. On weekends, he’s there from about 4:30 to 7 P.M. A post will also appear on the Nextdoor app when Santa arrives for the evening.

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