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Santa Visits Children’s Inn

Two girls decorate arts and crafts

Children awaiting Santa’s arrival decorate at the Children’s Inn at NIH.


A girl speaks to Santa and Mrs. Claus

A child shares her holiday wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus.


A group photo featuring Inn staff and police officers holding a banner advertising the Santa Ride

Santa, escorted by Montgomery County Police, visits downtown Silver Spring on the annual Santa Ride en route to the Children’s Inn. PHOTOS:


Santa Claus and his motor officer “elves” returned to the Children’s Inn at NIH during the Montgomery County Police Department’s annual Santa Ride on Dec. 13. 

Santa and his elves first stopped by the 5th District Police Station in Germantown, where they traded a sleigh and reindeer for motorcycles. 

Before their final stop at the inn, Santa and the elves visited Damascus, Olney, Kentlands, Rockville, Silver Spring and Bethesda. 

Once they arrived on NIH’s campus, Santa and his elves were greeted by appreciative kids and their families. 

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