Christmas in July Carnival in the Park to support Santa’s Letters

Snowball fight in July? Santa and Mrs. Claus in the park when the weather is warm?

Why not? At least that’s what the founders of the Santa’s Letters charity figured — and the result is the Christmas in July Carnival in the Park, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in Holt’s Landing State Park.

Santa’s Letters was formed late last year by Kristina and Sean Malone of Dagsboro, after they simply felt a need to give back to the community as the holiday season approached. By the end of the winter, they had helped people with a list of needs ranging from holiday gifts for their children to utility bills that needed to be paid.

The Malones want to do even more for the community in the coming year, but they need funds to do that.

“We want to be able to help everyone who asks for help,” Kristina Malone said.

That is the reason for the carnival, and since the charity is called Santa’s Letters, it seemed only natural to give it some holiday-season flare.

The carnival will be free to attend, while tickets may be purchased for games and food. It will feature traditional carnival fare, such a bounce house, face painting and games, as well as a pretend “snowball fight” tent, and will also include opportunities for photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus, according to Malone.

While the carnival will also feature several vendors selling items, such as clothing, jewelry and drinkware, Malone said, “We wouldn’t mind having at least two or three more.” Vendors can join the fun for a $30 donation to Santa’s Letters if they bring their own game to the event, she said. They can also sponsor a game supplied by Santa’s Letters for a $50 donation, she said.

Food will be offered for sale, including pizza from Casapulla’s and treats from Rita’s Ice.

Malone said that parents may want to bring towels to the carnival for their families, “in case they get wet” in the snowball fight or the water balloon “dunk tank.”

For more information on the Christmas in July Carnival in the Park, call Kristina Malone at (213) 880-2606, email her at or go to the Santa’s Letters website at


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter