Members of Scout Troop 799 serve as Santa’s photography crew aboard the Magic Ship of Christmas, pictured Dec. 16 at the Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill. Photo: Michael Moore

Kids and families from Morgan Hill and beyond partook in an afternoon of playing, singing, dancing, learning and gifting at the Dec. 16 Magical Holiday festivities at the Magical Bridge Playground. 

A central feature of the event, of course, was the presence of Santa and his Magic Ship, which drew a line of children who climbed aboard so they could personally tell St. Nick what they want for Christmas. Members of local scouting troops 799 and 2799—the creators of the Magic Ship—took photos of the special occasion for the kids’ parents, helping raise funds for the youth organizations. 

The Magical Holiday event featured a wide variety of games, entertainment and activities throughout the Magical Bridge Playground, located at the city’s Community Park. Artists gave away balloon creations and offered face painting—all provided by the Morgan Hill Youth Action Council. Kids and their parents created holiday ornaments and decorations at crafting stations that provided free supplies. 

The city’s sports and recreation department hosted a talent show, singalongs and other interactive performances outside the playground’s giant two-story playhouse. Local dance groups including Corazon Mexicano and Chiqlets Dance Team performed for the crowd at the sprawling playground. 

During the event, swing sets, slides and merry-go-rounds were swarmed with children of all ages. The Magical Bridge Playground—which was designed for people of all abilities—also includes a variety of sensory features, as well as an outdoor classroom and picnic tables. 

Information booths hosted by various city departments were set up during the Dec. 16 event, and a Cal Fire truck made a visit so firefighters could give away hats and invite kids to see the vehicle up close. 

The Magical Holiday event was sponsored by the City of Morgan Hill. More than 200 people attended throughout the festivities, which lasted until the late afternoon. 

Young Morgan Hill resident Leo Jaworski is dressed for the holiday as he enjoys balloon accessories he received from an artist at the Dec. 16 Magical Holiday event. Photo: Michael Moore
Members of Chiqlets Dance Team pause for a photo just before their Dec. 16 performance at the Magical Holiday event at Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill. Photo: Michael Moore
Local youngsters Klara, Olivia and Natalie are pictured having a serious chat with Santa Claus aboard his Magic Ship (of Morgan Hill scouting troops 799 and 2799) at the Dec. 16 Magical Holiday event at Magical Bridge Playground. Photo: Michael Moore
Children and their families made Christmas ornaments at a crafting station in a corner of the Magical Bridge Playground, during the Dec. 16 Magical Holiday event. Photo: Michael Moore
Matthew Ginion helps his son, Matthew, Jr., gain some momentum on one of the swing sets at the Morgan Hill Magical Bridge Playground, during the Dec. 16 Magical Holiday festivities. Photo: Michael Moore
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