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Santa to host virtual visits with kids in Franklin County

Posted at 12:00 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 17:14:32-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's not even Halloween yet, but many are already looking ahead to Christmas. That includes Santa, who is changing things up when it comes to meeting families.

To help keep everyone safe and healthy for the holidays, Santa won't meet with large crowds this year. So, like many school children, he's going virtual.

Families can set up times to visit with Santa and even Mrs. Claus through

"I'm going to be more busy than I've ever been in my entire life," said Santa Ralph Gould out of Frankfort.

Santa Ralph says he'll be able to meet with four to eight kids per hour. While he says he'll miss seeing kids in person, there are some benefits, like not having to wait in long lines and getting a more extended, more personal visit.

"Children will be entertained by cartoons and activities, and then Santa arrives. And Santa will have an absolute personal visit with that child," said Santa Ralph. "With his or her information. Pet names, Elf on the Shelf names, what he wants for Christmas, how good he's been."

You can even personalize your experience by choosing Santa preferences for ethnicity, language (including ASL), and faith. Sensitive Santa is also available for children with special needs.

Since JingleRing is worldwide, the whole family can join in.

"Say a child in Lexington has grandma and grandpa in Florida; they can be a guest," said Santa Ralph.

Registration is open now, and visits will take place between November 14th and January 7th.

To set up a visit specifically with Santa Ralph, you can enter the code Jingle4.