Courtesy PhotoA DJ and the dance floor brought the party to life Thursday night.

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A DJ and the dance floor brought the party to life Thursday night.

The organizers of the annual special needs prom hosted their second annual Holiday Happening for Grayson County residents with special needs on Thursday, Dec. 21.

While the special needs prom is limited to individuals in middle school and older, the Holiday Happening is open to all ages, according to event organizer Donna VanMeter.

More than 100 people attended the celebration and enjoyed an evening of music, dancing, food, and drinks, as well as a visit from Santa Claus himself, who took pictures with

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attendees and gave out goody bags.

VanMeter said the event went well and has more of a relaxed atmosphere than other events.

"We had a lot of little ones there," she said.

VanMeter wished to recognize Karen Taylor, whose son, Scott, has Down syndrome, for coordinating St. Nick's visit to the Holiday Happening, as well as Dorette Clemons for providing photography for the event.

The 2018 special needs prom will be held on Saturday, April 28. Registration is required, and registration forms are expected to be made available in February at the schools and Communicare.

The Holiday Happening will be held annually moving forward, and organizers intend to hold another all-ages event between next year's special needs prom and Holiday Happening.

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A DJ and the dance floor brought the party to life Thursday night.

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The second annual Holiday Happening with Santa for special needs individuals in Grayson County took place Thursday, Dec. 21 at St. Joseph's Parish Hall.

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Santa was on hand to take photos with individuals with special needs at last Thursday's Holiday Happening.