Santa arrived in Lowell yesterday. In the afternoon he met with visitors on the showboat. The line of people waiting was steady and had to be cut off approximately 45 minutes before Santa was scheduled to leave. Photos of those visiting Santa were taken by River Valley Credit Union. As families stood in line Luc James Music Studio provided entertainment. Hot chocolate and cookies were also available outside in a gingerbread house, new this year. Inside the Chamber building some of the staff from Curiosity Corner TOTS program were on hand to help those up to kindergarten age make crafts.
An afternoon at the Riverwalk was just the beginning. The annual pancake dinner with Santa took place at the fairgrounds from 4-6. By dusk Main Street in historic Lowell was starting to fill with those waiting for the Santa Parade to begin. Some businesses were open late so customers could come in and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Santa’s Village themed floats decorated by businesses and organizations were all entered into a contest. Lowell Middle School and Lowell High School Bands, local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops also took part. Lighted vehicles from the Lowell Police Department, Lowell Area Fire Department, and Lowell Light & Power honked horns, sounded sirens and flashed lights. Vote for your favorite float among the top 10 here through Monday.
Those wishing to visit with Santa have several opportunities through the month. Friday, December 9 from 5:30-7:30 A Nite of Christmas Cheer will take over the Riverwalk. In addition to being able to Santa with photos taken by Blue Lake Studios there will be warming fires, hot dogs, roasted chestnuts, horse and carriage rides, and more.
Santa will also be available on the riverboat Wednesday, December 7 and 14 from 5:30pm-7:30pm and Saturday, December 10 and 17 from 10:30am-1pm.