Santa Claus is Coming to Town

By Allison Mowatt

It’s all about providing children with an experience.  A brand new, kid-friendly store in Honesdale is hosting an exciting visit with Santa this month that they won’t want to miss.

Remember the excitement of meeting Santa for the first time or seeing him again after he brought you all the toys you wanted last year?  The thrill of seeing and talking to Santa is something a child remembers forever, and the magical experience lifts their hearts, puts a sparkle in their eyes and a smile to their lips.  The anticipation crackles in the air as children look forward to Christmas and delight in actually talking one-on-one with the jolly, red-suited man.

On December 16th, the Little Duck House at 623 Main Street in downtown Honesdale will come alive with merriment, joy, and laughter as children participate in “Come Meet Santa.”  The event is from 5 to 7 p.m., and children can visit with Santa, enjoy cookies, milk, and hot chocolate and listen to a Christmas story.  The highlight of the event will be Santa providing entertainment and posing for photographs.  In addition, there will be discounts and giveaways available.

This fun-filled event is co-sponsored by Connections Magazine.  “We wanted to partner with a great, new store in town to promote their business and get the magazine’s name out there,” said Connections Production Manager Meica Drake.  Combining a new toy store with a Santa event seemed like the perfect idea.  “Helping with this event also allows us to give back to the community while promoting a business, which is what we love to do,” Meica added.  Connections staff will pass out goodie bags to the first 100 children.  The bags will be filled with goodies from Connections and other businesses in town.

The Little Duck House originally started eight years ago in Jeffersonville, NY.  New owners, Ryan and Amanda Courtright recently purchased it and re-opened the store at its new location.  The store is set up to appeal to children up to twelve years old.  The shop features educational children’s toys, books, story time, and in January, some classes may be offered like Music Together, Dance and Creative Movement, and Paint Your Own Pottery.  “The classes will provide a social outlet for parent and child and expose young children to culturally enriching, stimulating activities,” said Amanda.

Amanda and her husband have two small children and understand how difficult it can be to find quality, educational toys for children locally without having to drive an hour away.  Opening the store in Honesdale was the perfect solution.  “Honesdale is a hand-woven, quaint town, and the toy store fits well here.”

Giving local children a fun, educational experience when they walk into the Little Duck House is what this business is all about.  It’s a warm, friendly, and vibrant haven of creativity for children.  They can explore their worlds artistically through arts and crafts and physically through music and movement.

In the coming months, the Little Duck House may also provide birthday party packages and cake decorating classes.  For more information, visit or call (570) 352-3388.  You can also find the Little Duck House on Facebook or email them at

“Come Meet Santa” is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.


Monday –Friday: 10 to 6

Saturday- 10 to 5

Sunday- Available for birthday parties (tentative)

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