Saturday, November 23, 2013

PHOTOS: An early visit from Santa

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

On Friday night people crowded into River Park Square Mall to see Santa Claus for the first time this year. While waiting for Santa, David Wolfe sang some holiday classics, including "Jingle Bell Rock," and Tom McArthur, the announcer for the night, kept up-to-date with Santa's estimated arrival time via walkie talkie.

Then, Santa was spotted at the top of the escalator waving and shouting "Merry Christmas!" and was greeted with cheers. Once Santa reached the Christmas tree, he took a few moments to say hello to his elves, and then pointed up to the top of the tree and it instantly lit. David Wolfe then led everybody in one last song as Santa mingled with excited children, who were ready to tell him what they wanted.

click to enlarge Andrea Worley, otherwise known as Rudi the Elf, hands out candy canes and jingle bells before Santa arrives. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Andrea Worley, otherwise known as Rudi the Elf, hands out candy canes and jingle bells before Santa arrives.
click to enlarge Father Travis Thomas and son Cooper, age 4, wait to see Santa. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Father Travis Thomas and son Cooper, age 4, wait to see Santa.

click to enlarge The Robinson family eagerly await Santa's arrival. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • The Robinson family eagerly await Santa's arrival.

click to enlarge Singer David Wolfe entertains the crowd. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Singer David Wolfe entertains the crowd.

click to enlarge Tom McArthur, the announcer, speaks with Santa via walkie talkie before his arrival. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Tom McArthur, the announcer, speaks with Santa via walkie talkie before his arrival.

click to enlarge Santa arrives at the River Park Square atrium. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Santa arrives at the River Park Square atrium.


click to enlarge Santa lights up the tree. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Santa lights up the tree.
click to enlarge Santa dances with his elves. - SARAH WURTZ
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  • Santa dances with his elves.


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