NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Santa Claus is getting ready for the holiday season and he is prepared to spend some time with area children and teach them some healthy habits, too.

Santa will be available for his annual "Walk with Santa" at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at Santa's workshop located near the fountain in the center of the mall. Santa will lead a walk for children around the mall that will conclude with free healthy snacks provided by McDonald's Restaurants of Tuscarawas County.

The event sponsored by the Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness program is free, but children must be registered to participate. Registration is quick and easy, and can be completed online on the hospital website at, or by calling 330-602-0778.

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