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Magical Milestone: Sleigh Bells, Santa, and Surpassing the $10,000 Fundraising Goal!

'Twas a rainy afternoon, but not even the weather could wash away the magic of the annual Sleigh Bells and Santa event at our new K-8th grade building! The air was filled with excitement as the campus had holiday lights of cheer. Thank you to our team and Jolly Holiday Lighting for creating a space of wonder!

Just before families entered registration, the enchanting reindeer from Reindeer Games welcomed them with open antlers and jingling bells, adding a touch of holiday magic to the festivities. A massive thank you to Reindeer Games for being such phenomenal partners in creating this unforgettable experience. You brought joy and smiles to both young and old, making our event even more special. We appreciate your fantastic contribution to the holiday cheer, and we're grateful to have had you at Sleigh Bells and Santa!

Despite the rain and moving the event inside, the new building provided a beautiful and festive space for everyone to gather and enjoy in the activities. Hot chocolate stations were a delicious hit! A big thank you to the team for staying on top of replenishing all the goodies. It was so fun to see families and friends gathered together, eating, talking, and coloring the big gingerbread houses!

Some people got creative at the gingerbread house coloring station, while in the library, Mrs. Claus had set up a cozy writing station for heartfelt letters to Santa.

The candy cane hunt paved the way towards our tropical conservatory which echoed with the melodies of festive music, creating a unique and enchanting holiday ambiance. Thank you to the talented musicians from Middleton High School for sharing your holiday music with us!

The main attraction, of course, was none other than Santa himself, ready to hear wishes and spread cheer. Families lined up for photos, capturing the magical moments that make this time of year so special.

However, what truly shined the brightest wasn't just the twinkle of lights or the joy on children's faces. It was the overwhelming generosity of our community. Through ticket sales, our giving tree, and donations, we achieved a remarkable feat – we surpassed our fundraising goal of $10,000. This success means more than just a number; it signifies the ability to provide scholarships for K-8th grade students in the upcoming 2024-2025 Academic School Year!

This incredible achievement showcases the power of coming together as a community, especially during the holiday season. We extend our deepest gratitude to all who contributed, volunteered, and participated in making this event a success. Your generosity has paved the way for educational opportunities for young minds, ensuring that the gift of knowledge continues to be shared.

As we head into the holiday season, let us not forget the spirit of giving that makes it truly special. Encourage one another to continue supporting causes that matter, be it through time, resources, or goodwill. Together, we can create a brighter future for the next generation.

If you're interested in learning more about Hickory Hill Academy, don't hesitate to inquire today! Click here for more information.



Thank you for being a part of the magic, and may your holidays be filled with joy, warmth, and the spirit of giving!


  • GIVEAWAY: If you had a great time and enjoyed the new K-8th grade building, we would greatly appreciate a good review. Below are a few places to do that!

***If you leave a review on Google, Facebook, Niche, and Yelp, you'll be entered to win four tickets to next year's event Sleigh Bells and Santa! Your reviews mean a lot to us and help others discover the magic of Hickory Hill Academy Once you have left a review on all four, please email us at friendsofhha@hickoryhillacademy.com. Winner will be announced January 2,2024***

  • If you would like to contribute to Friends of HHA and help grow our scholarship fund for more Kindergarten - 8th grade students, please click HERE.

  • If you were at the event and took a Santa photo, see the button below!


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