Back in 2005, WNYmedia.net, with the help of volunteers from revitalize buffalo and the WNY Coalition for Progress saved santaland for erie county.

Today, the annual SantaLand event sponsored by the Erie County Parks Department in conjunction with the Verizon Foundation Pioneers is still going strong.

The event features children’s activities, face painting, toy giveaways, refreshments, hayrides and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. All events are free. Hours for the two-day event are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the casino at Chestnut Ridge Park.