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Arlington welcomes Santa during Hometown Holidays


December 6, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Jeanevee Davis, left, gets her picture taken with Santa at the Legion Park gazebo during Arlington's Hometown Holidays on Dec. 2.

The Arlington community welcomed Santa Claus into town with a variety of holiday activities during the annual Hometown Holidays celebration on Dec. 2.

The local tradition included the parade which brings Santa Claus into town, a tree-lighting ceremony, a festive sweater contest and free photos with Santa, among other activities.

The day began with a Santa breakfast to raise funds for the Arlington Education Foundation and a "Handmade Holiday" vendor fair sponsored by the Arlington Farmers Market.

Families gathered on downtown Olympic Avenue around noon as various groups marched down the street as part of the Santa Parade.

The Arlington School of Dance, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, and other organizations walked down Olympic as part of the parade, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, carried by wagon, finished the parade.

Many community members enjoyed the small-town feel of the event.

Local parent Deisa Davis said this was her first year at the event with her family.

"It's pretty fun. I like that everybody seems to be in a really good mood even though its pouring down rain," she said.

"It has a nice community feeling," she said.

After the parade, community members gathered around Legion Park to watch Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert and Santa Claus light up the tree at the park for the holiday season.

Lifeway Church Pastor Chad Blood led locals in the annual Festive Sweater Contest, where community members were celebrated for their bright holiday sweaters.

At the park Santa took free pictures with families and the Downtown Arlington Business Association provided free wagon rides around the downtown area as well.

Locals said that it was good to have an event close by.

"It's pretty nice. We just live up the street so it's a nice little walk down," said local parent Loren Louzao.

Louzao said she liked many of the activities at the event.

"I like the parade and I like the horse and carriage and the lighting of the tree, not the rain but we can't control that," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Santa Claus rides down Olympic Avenue as part of this year's Arlington Hometown Holidays on Dec. 2.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce also held their second annual Snowball Drop with the Arlington Fire Department.

Firefighters helped lift a bucket of ping pong balls into the air and dropped them into the Legion Park parking lot while onlookers grabbed them for prizes.

Local parent Courtney Keane said her daughter had a lot of fun with the event.

"She loves it. She loves the people and the firefighters," she said. "I just like that she is having fun."

Free wagon rides will continue from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 on Olympic Avenue, sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Business Association.


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