In December 2020, the Crete High School FBLA club had to cancel their annual Breakfast with Santa event due to COVID-19. The Blue River Arts Council organized the first Santa in the Park event at the Crete City Park. People could drive through the park, and children received gifts from other businesses and non-profits who also participated. The Crete High School swing choir and other musicians performed from the park’s gazebo, and music was broadcast via FM transmitter, so those driving through could hear the caroling. Santa was in attendance, and arrived to the park escorted by the Crete Fire Department. The Grinch also came along, and elves were stationed throughout the park.
More than 450 children were able to enjoy this event.