Each year, volunteers in the community host the annual Breakfast with Santa at Mancelona Elementary School. Kids make craft projects, enjoy a pancake breakfast, and have their photos taken with Santa. The event began as a hat and mitten drive by long-time village resident Dana Sudman. All children who attend are given a pair of mittens and a hat to keep them warm during the winter months. Since her death in 2008, the hat and mitten drive continues in her memory.