Taylor Mill ushers in Christmas season with tree lighting, visit from Santa

Patricia A. Scheyer
Patricia A. Scheyer
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The City of Taylor Mill invited people to come and help them celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by holding a ceremony to light up the Christmas tree in Pride Park.

Santa arrives at the Taylor Mill Community Center by fire truck to help with the tree lighting and visit with the children. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Taylor Mill Mayor Daniel Bell makes sure everything is ready for the Tree lighting party at the city. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Volunteers Esther McArter and Rita Hasler have the cookies set out and are ready to pour the hot chocolate. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
The Taylor Mill Elementary school choir sing several Christmas Carols while their proud families look on. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Despite the rain, tons of people came to the annual celebration, the community center was crowded as activities were scheduled inside so people could stay dry.

Kylan Marshall,2, of Taylor Mill, waits patiently for Santa to come in. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Santa’s special helper displays the key that is given to the children who don’t have a chimney so they know Santa will visit them. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Elizabeth Rider, 8, of Taylor Mill writes her letter to Santa in her best printing. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Two-year-old Luke Rider wants his mom to write his letter. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
MacKenziie Marye, 3, is a little apprehensive at first, but after a few words with Santa, she is more confident. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Taylor Mill Elementary sent their student choir to regale the visitors with Christmas music.

Natalya Kramer, 5, of Taylor Mill, is very brief with what she wants for Christmas. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Caleb Kramer, 7, is thinking of what else he can ask Santa for. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Mackenzie Marye, 3, liked Santa so much she allowed her sister, Emerson, 8 months to sit on his lap. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Cooper Henson, 6, likes sitting on Santa’s lap, and telling him what he wants for Christmas. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Volunteers were on hand to guide the children in crafts and coloring and to help hand out refreshments. Hot chocolate and cookies were the treats of the day.

Reid VonHandorf, 4, of Taylor Mill, tells his mom, Megan, what he wants to write in his letter to Santa. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Ten-year-old Kaylie Starnes, of Taylor Mill, mails her letter to Santa in the special mailbox. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Of course, the big guy himself, Santa Claus, came to the celebration on a fire truck, and he was greeted by Mayor Daniel Bell and ushered into the community center to listen to the carols sung by the children.

Mac and Tori Vollet, of Taylor Mill, encourage their son Rory, 15 months, not to be afraid as he sits on Santa’s lap. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Finn Nelson, 2 of Taylor Mill is happy to have a pen to scribble his note to Santa. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Myla Nelson, 5, gets a little help from her parents as she concentrates on writing what she wants for Christmas. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Then Santa went into another room where a special chair had been set up so he could visit with all the excited children who wanted to tell him exactly what they wanted for Christmas. Getting the order in early is good!

John Cremeans, 4, of Independence, mails his letter to Santa. Photo by Patricia Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

One of the volunteers was there to help Santa, and her job was to hand out candy canes as well as a special key to the children who do not have chimneys in their houses. The keys assure the children that Santa can still come and bring presents to them even if he can’t come down a chimney.

Shortly after the children had a chance to write a letter to Santa and mail it at the Santa mailbox in the same room, everyone went outside where the Christmas tree was lit to start the season in the city.

More news:  LINK nky Daily Headlines: Friday, Sept. 22, 2023

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