Join Holiday Fun at Selfies With Santa

Photos, snacks and toys

The fifth annual Selfies with Santa brings Wicked Uncle to the Anacostia Arts Center. Photo: Courtesy ARCH

The children of Southeast are writing their wish list and checking it twice. The holiday season can be a hectic time of the year. Coming off the heels of Halloween and Thanksgiving, expectations can put a lot of pressure on parents and guardians to fulfill the wishes of children.

To relieve some of the pressure, the Anacostia Arts Center has called Santa and his helpers to bring Selfies with Santa back to Historic Anacostia for the fifth time. The event will include a Santa photo booth, juggling elves, holiday crafts, caroling, toys and holiday treats.

In addition to the usual festivities, Maryland toy company Wicked Uncle will be dropping by with their WMATA toy bus, to donate toys to all the boys and girls.

Wicked Uncle is a community of small, pointy-eared elves based in a large warehouse deep in the country somewhere over the rainbow near Elf Springs, MD with a mission to provide brilliant toys for boys and girls. The company was founded by a former employee of the multinational S. Clause Toy Corporation to do cool stuff all year round and have fun. Wicked Uncle does lots of research on toys and many of them are extensively tested by real children.

“We have to make sure Santa takes his time in Anacostia,” said Camille Kashaka, Director of the Anacostia Arts Center. “Selfies is free and a lot of fun. It’s great to see all the smiling faces.”

Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia.  The 9,300-square ft. arts center opened in June of 2013 and includes, a Black Box theatre, two clothing boutiques, a physical therapy studio, an artist exchange and book store.

Selfies with Santa takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE). The event is free and open to the public.