By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victorville) – Amid the blustery cold wind kids and parents lined up to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Victorville City Hall’s courtyard. Although most kids said they were there to see the special guests – Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Mayor Ryan McEachron and city council members hosted the tree lighting. Wooly Bully from the High Desert Mavericks greeted kids and helped keep the merriment going moving through the crowd and entertaining everyone. McRuff the crime dog was also there. The Academy of Performing Arts choir sang Christmas carols, including “Oh Christmas Tree” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.
However everyone was waiting for the man in the red suit. Santa and Mrs. Clause arrived atop a classic fire engine to everyone’s delight. Hot chocolate and cookies were served while Santa sat and listened to each child’s Christmas wish.
Savannah came out with her brothers, sister, and young cousin to visit with Santa. She bounced up and down with excitement when Santa arrived.
Sisters Alexa and Zarina Snedeker were waiting to talk to Santa. Alexa was going to tell Santa that she wanted a telescope for Christmas. Zarina wants a bicycle. They were bundled up in jackets, blankets, hats, gloves and more while they were standing in line.
Overall there was a feeling of merriment as the tree lit up and the Christmas carols were sung. Martha Brody, chairwoman for the Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Committee, said, “We’re all here to see the tree light up. We’ve really been looking forward to it.”
The Christmas tree and the other decorations will be on display nightly in the south parking lot of Victorville City Hall.