Wish lists, caroling, Santa’s smile in Rush City

The Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been the theme for local weather lately, but families didn’t let that stop them from finding the warmth of Rush City Santa Day on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Many started with visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Frosty the Snowman, at Golden LivingCenter, where both cookies and memories were made. Adding a nice touch this year were the Rush City choir students, who assembled as carolers and traveled from one location to the next, under the direction of Jaime Holmstrom.

Families packed the Rush City Public Library, where the carolers continued to sing; Frosty couldn’t resist a little dance and hugs with the little ones. While kids worked on crafts, the Clauses read their favorite Christmas stories to many children and parents relaxing on the floor or in chairs.

Before moving on to Chuckers Bowl and Lounge, folks found some hot chocolate and hot dogs (made fresh on the grill outside) at the Rush City Tiger Club Santa Store at the fire hall. The carolers were there, and so were kids in search of presents for moms, dads and siblings. High schoolers from the Tiger Club helped the youngsters with wrapping their gifts.

Santa finally arrived at Chuckers around lunchtime, where more wish lists and caroling were shared to the sound of strikes and spares from the bowling lanes. Many also stopped in at the Rush City Foods Mall for “Cookies by the Catholic Ladies,” which was offered throughout the day.

— Photos in the slideshow above were taken by Jon Tatting

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