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