Cloudy skies and a bit of a chill couldn’t stop the Big Man in the Red suit from visiting the town of Monroe as hundreds of families waited along the grassy knoll of Museum Village for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.
The excitement was palatable and visible on so many faces as the helicopter first came into view. As it started to descend, the jolly couple could be seen waving.
“My son loved it,” said Monroe mom Laura Daley. “He tracked the helicopter from the minute we saw it in the sky. When Santa came out of the helicopter his face light up and immediately kept saying ‘I want Santa to come right here and say HO HO HO.’ It was such a unique experience to witness and I’m so happy that our town had an event like this! Definitely got us in the holiday spirit “
The exciting entrance was only part of the festivities. After Santa waved and addressed the crowd, he and Mrs. Claus hopped on a horse drawn carriage to kick off a parade through town as they headed to Rest Haven where several other holiday activities took place for local families to enjoy including holiday music, letters for Santa and pictures with Santa.
‘A great event for the community’
Santa and Mrs. Claus were invited to Monroe for the fourth time by Rest Haven, a former summer home for the blind that is under restoration in the hopes of preserving its historical integrity and become a home for seniors. The event was held with the extensive support and contributions from Museum Village.
“I feel that this has been a great event for the community,” said Tim Mitts, owner of Rest Haven, “This event has grown from a one municipality event to two municipality event. People travel from all over just to come see Santa and Mrs. Claus land by helicopter. They were able to come and see rest haven and the only historical single structure in Monroe. It’s not often when our children are able to see such things happen. The event was an absolute success and we look forward to doing it continuously in years to come.”
Santa is back at Museum Village this weekend
Santa’s arrival on Dec. 4th kicked off his week-long vacation in Monroe. On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11th and 12th, Santa will be at Museum Village’s “Christmas in the Village” before heading back to the North Pole.