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

Alison Baylor, 5, of Rush City, joins Santa in a smile for the camera at Golden LivingCenter. Luke Widenstrom, 11, of Harris, asked Santa for a remote-control helicopter for Christmas during a visit with the Clauses at Golden LivingCenter. Devon Tomala, 7, and Ricky Rowan, 5, pose for a picture with Frosty at Golden LivingCenter. Devon and Ricky concentrate on putting just the right amount of frosting on their cookies during an activity at Golden LivingCenter. Sammi Lotz, 7, of Pine City, adds frosting to her cookie at Golden LivingCenter. Under the direction of Rush City High School choir teacher Jaime Holmstrom, students assembled as carolers who sang several Christmas favorites at the locations celebrating Santa Day. Frosty the Snowman does a little dance to a familiar Christmas tune sung by the carolers at the library. Rylee Labarre, 6 months, of Harris, seems to enjoy  Frosty’s company at the public library. “Best Friends Forever” with Frosty. Kids enjoy a little crafting at the Rush City Public Library. Avery Dahlberg, 2, of Rush City, is joined by Grandma Debbie at the craft table inside the library, and... ...all was going well until Avery decided to give the glue a taste. Grandma’s reaction: priceless. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Rush City Public Library to the delight of this little girl and many other kids who packed the place. Santa and Mrs. Claus has the attention of many boys and girls who listened to a few Christmas stories at the library. This little girl is engaged in a story read by Mrs. Claus at the library. Rush City Girls Scouts hand out treat bags to fellow kids inside the library. Caroling at the library. Ashley Masters, a senior at Rush City High School, prepares to wrap a present for a young girl as part of the Rush City Tiger Club Santa Store at the fire hall. Dave Chmiel, of Coldwell Banker Pro IV, braved the cold outside the fire all in making sure there were hot dogs for everyone. Braylon Nihart, 5, and brother Caiden, 3, of Rush City, enjoy a moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Chuckers Bowl and Lounge.
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Under the direction of Rush City High School choir teacher Jaime Holmstrom, students assembled as carolers who sang several Christmas favorites at the locations celebrating Santa Day.

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