For the past five years, more and more children around the Belt community bring their families to the town's annual Breakfast with Santa event to meet the big man himself.
"The kids really enjoy it and there are several when they come in the door say 'look, Santa's here,' so that's really exciting," said volunteer Lisa Jassen.
But the event does more than just give kids a chance to decorate cookies, build crafts, and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. It provides an entire summer's worth of fun for the community.
"The Belt pool is not funded by the city at all or any kind of government money so we rely on our fundraisers, donations, for all of our income operating each year," said treasurer Molly Bock.
Belt Pool Board treasurer Molly Bock says it costs between 20 and 25 thousand dollars annually to keep the pool running; a summer spot the town can't do without.
"It's such an outlet for so many families. It's a huge part of the community so it's really imperative that we volunteer and raise funds to keep that open," volunteer Jackie Newman said.
Among those volunteers is Belt high school senior Kerstyn Pimperton, who is also a teacher's aide for first grade students. She says the event gives her a chance to bond with some familiar faces.
"They want to come decorate a cookie with me, it makes me feel good," she said.
And of course, a little holiday spirit never hurt anyone.
"The kids get to write letters to Santa and Santa gives them a response so that's really exciting," Jassen said.
"This is a great kickoff for the holidays. It gets all the kids rearing and ready to go," Newman added.