LANSING, Ill. (December 7, 2019) – Though the rain on Saturday, November 30, did not turn out to be as heavy as predicted, the crowd that gathered on Wednesday, December 4, for the rescheduled start of the holiday season was happy for the change. The ground was drier and the winds had calmed, so the 30-degree temperatures did not feel unbearable.
The event began at 5:00pm with Christmas carols and hot chocolate. Around 5:30pm Mayor Eidam made some remarks and lit the Village Christmas tree. At 5:45pm Santa arrived on a sleigh pulled by a police car and escorted by a fire engine. And families were given on-on-one time with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa House from 6:00–8:00pm.
Details are provided in the photos and captions below:
St. Ann Music Director Brian Kozlowski invited others to join the choir, and with some encouragement from Village Communications Director Ken Reynolds, they led the crowd in singing “Frosty the Snowman”:
At 5:40pm, Mayor Eidam invited the crowd to join her in the tree-lighting countdown:
With the tree lit, Santa was finally ready to make his entrance:
Santa and Mrs. Claus will maintain visiting hours at the Santa House in December as follows:
Wednesdays: December 4, 11, 18 from 6:00–8:00pm
Fridays: December 6, 13, 20 from 6:00–8:00pm
Saturdays: December 7 and 14 from 1:00–3:00pm
The Santa House is located at 18106 Henry Street in Lansing, Illinois.