Santa Claus is fond of Indian River
As everyone knows, Santa Claus regularly visits Indian River.
What many people don't know is that of all the places in the
world that Santa Claus visits, he likes Indian River best. He's
considering moving here when he retires.
These days, Santa comes to Indian River twice a year. He makes
the routine Christmas Eve trip and also comes to Indian River
on the day after Thanksgiving for the annual Indian River Christmas
celebration, which serves as a kick-off for the Christmas season.
At one time, Santa only came to the Indian River Christmas event for a couple of hours in the evening. He would fly in around 6 p.m., pose for pictures and listen to Christmas wishes from area children at the Chamber building and then fly out again. However, in recent years he's taken to spending more time in Indian River and making a day of it
To begin with, Santa no longer flys to Indian River on his
sleigh. "A few years back, due to my age and declining eye-sight,
I went on a restricted driver's license which only allows me
to drive the sleigh on Christmas Eve," Santa says.
Arriving in Indian River bright and early on the day after
Thanksgiving, Santa starts his day with a trip to the Indian
River Christmas Craft Show. The show takes place at the Inland
Lakes Middle/High School building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More
than 100 craft people from throughout Michigan will be exhibiting
and selling their creations.
Luminaries will light the streets of Indian River as darkness
falls Friday evening.
Santa arrives at the Village Green by dog sled at 6 p.m. to
assist in lighting the community Christmas tree. After lighting
the tree, he poses for pictures with children at the Chamber
|Santa also usually is still busy at 7 p.m. with
the kids so it's tough for him to make it down to the Township
Hall for the start of the old time country and Christmas music.
But the music lasts for a while so Santa plans on making it down
to the hall for a least a little toe-tapping.
Several downtown businesses are staying open with special evening hours Friday. It's not easy finding a parking spot for a sleigh at shopping malls and downtown Indian River is a much more casual atmosphere. Santa will be among the Friday night shoppers looking to either get some shopping done early or at the very least get some ideas.