Almost everyone has gone hunting for Easter eggs at some point, but how many have gone hunting for candy canes? Area children will get the chance to do just that on Saturday, Dec. 8 at  the second annual Candy Cane Scramble. They can also eat a free breakfast, make fun crafts and meet the jolly elf himself.

While Breakfast with Santa has been an annual tradition, the addition of the Candy Cane Scramble last year proved incredibly popular.

“Last year was one of our record-breaking years,” said Ardmore Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Alicia Henry. “We had over 500 people come through.”

She went on to describe the event.

“It’s kind of like an Easter egg hunt but with hundreds of candy canes,” Henry said. “There will also be prize candy canes, so if you get that candy cane there is actually a prize attached — just like the prize egg.”

The event will be outside on the playground but could be moved indoors if the weather does not cooperate.

Once inside, children can warm up with a hearty breakfast and create some handmade Christmas gifts.

“The breakfast is absolutely free. I’m not totally sure what we’re having this year, but it’s usually sausage, bacon pancakes — the whole works,” Henry said. There will also be orange juice and milk.

“There are usually at least two crafts, and then there is something that the children make for a loved one,” Henry said. “This year I believe they’re going to be making personalized Christmas Cards.”

The kids will also get the chance to give Santa their Christmas wish list in person, and parents can buy a photo of the jolly occasion for $5. All proceeds from the photos will go to the HFV Wilson Community Center.

Breakfast with Santa and the Candy Cane Scramble will be Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m at the HFV Wilson Community Center.