CLEBURNE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A man was arrested for trespassing after telling children Santa wasn’t real at a church event in Cleburne Saturday morning.
Cleburne Police responded to St. Mark United Methodist Church on the 1100 block of W. Chambers around 10 a.m. for a trespassing complaint at a Breakfast with Santa event.READ MORE: 2 Brothers Who Were Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Students Killed In Head-On Crash In Far Northwest Fort Worth
Aaron Urbanski, 31, and two other people were protesting at the event and refused to leave the property after being asked multiple times by a church representative.
While children were eating pancakes and spending time with Santa in efforts to raise money to help buy presents for kids in need, police said Urbanski was telling children Santa wasn’t real.
He was arrested for criminal trespass after causing a disturbance.READ MORE: Dallas' Parkland Hospital Dedicates Clinic For Those Battling 'Long COVID'
“We love Santa Clause,” said Mayor Scott Cain. “We love Christmas in Cleburne, Texas. And I hope those protestors know they are probably going to get a big lump of coal instead of being on the nice list.”
A church member, who said she still believes in Santa, agrees.
“Christmas is love,” said Gayle Anderson. “It’s not Santa. Christmas is love an love is giving. If you want to give through Santa that’s…I still believe in Santa you know.”MORE NEWS: Shipping Companies, Big Box Stores Hiring Holiday Help Now
The city Christmas parade is Sunday. The mayor said Santa will be protected with undercover officers.