Holiday on Central: Let the season commence

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Joe Sutter

Christmas treats, and, of course, Santa Claus, brought out hundreds of kids and their families for the annual Holiday on Central Monday night.

Santa himself made his usual dramatic entrance coming down Central Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage.

To the delight of — most — children.

“Those aren’t reindeer!” Kennedy Eastwood, 5, declared.

Once Santa joined Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich at the gazebo next to the Fort Dodge Public Library, the Jolly Old Elf explained that he’d left his flying reindeer at the airport.

son with a choir, crafts at FD Public Library

 
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Abel James Abbiehl: “Look! Santa!” 
Kennedy Eastwood: “Those aren’t reindeer!” 
Abbeihl, left, and Eastwood along with Kayla Mitsven, center, react as Santa Claus pulls up to the city square in a horse-drawn carriage for the annual Holiday on Central. The deer, Santa explained once he got to the microphone, were left behind at the airport after he landed.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Abel James Abbiehl: “Look! Santa!” Kennedy Eastwood: “Those aren’t reindeer!” Abbeihl, left, and Eastwood along with Kayla Mitsven, center, react as Santa Claus pulls up to the city square in a horse-drawn carriage for the annual Holiday on Central. The deer, Santa explained once he got to the microphone, were left behind at the airport after he landed.

Christmas treats, and, of course, Santa Claus, brought out hundreds of kids and their families for the annual Holiday on Central Monday night.

Santa himself made his usual dramatic entrance coming down Central Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage.

To the delight of — most — children.

“Those aren’t reindeer!” Kennedy Eastwood, 5, declared.

Once Santa joined Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich at the gazebo next to the Fort Dodge Public Library, the Jolly Old Elf explained that he’d left his flying reindeer at the airport.

Inside the library, in addition to meeting with Santa, families could decorate cookies, make crafts and Christmas cards, write letters to the North Pole, and even take photos with props.

The annual event has been held at the library for two years now, and it’s a good location, said John Shields, communications specialist with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

“I think the library is a great place for this. We want this to be a place they come, not just for Holiday on Central, but throughout the week,” said Shields. The Growth Alliance puts on the annual Christmastime event.

“It’s a chance to give people some time in the library,” he said. “Plus they have the square footage.”

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