Trenton Hill, 16, left, Zach Fortune, 18, Alicia Fortune, 12, and Shelby Miller, 18, all of Santa Claus, pray before performing in the play “Scrooge’s Christmas” at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City. The play was presented by the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association.
Santa’s Candy Castle was almost bursting at the seams. Children were sitting in a circle at computers, chatting with an elf on the North Pole Network.
“Ok, I put in my access code,” 8-year-old Jeremy Kornegay of Evansville said, his father Henry standing over him. Jeremy used one finger to put in the code, making sure no one else saw. And then his fingers flew across the keyboard, until he finished his conversation with the North Pole elf.
“That was cool,” he said afterward. “It was pretty easy. I asked him if it was cold there, and told him it wasn’t that cold here.
“Now it’s time for some candy, right dad?”
“Just two things,” his father said, and Jeremy took off, looking at the different candies that lined the wall.
Candy, hot chocolate, popcorn. People got plenty of that at the castle. And soon, kids would get more candy at the town parade.
Skyler Engelmeyer of Newburgh poses with his Christmas-themed suit during the parade.
People started lining up along the parade route – North Holiday and Louis J. Koch boulevards – an hour early. Many parked at Kringle Place Shopping Center and businesses’ lots near Town Hall. They staked out places along the route, placing their portable seats and blankets on the green grass along the roads.
Anna Price led her two young children to the seats she had. She drove to the area from Virginia on Friday, with the goal of going to the different activities in Santa Claus, and planned to spend the next day in Louisville.
“This is our first time here,” she said. “We’ve been here since this morning. It’s been a lot of fun, and a lot to see.”
Both the kids had their faces painted like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, complete with bright red paint on their noses. They were excited, and kept bouncing up from their seats to see around the corner, waiting for the parade to start.
In the distance, police sirens sounded.
“Hear that? It’s starting,” Price told them. They got up again and stood at the road’s edge, craning their heads to see something.
Finally, the police cars came up the road, turned by Town Hall and drove past them. The kids grinned.
Miniature horses that participated in the parade had their hooves decorated with glitter.
The almost hourlong parade featured various Christmas floats, firetrucks, pickups and tractors, horses, and plenty of walkers and riders throwing candy to spectators. The kids picked up as much candy as they could get. The Heritage Hills High School band played “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and was followed by a jolly Santa and Mrs. Claus. The North Pole-based couple waved excitedly to the crowd, shouting, “Merry Christmas!” and Christmas cheer to all the excited children who screamed and waved back.
After the parade, Price took the kids to the Santa Claus Post Office to write a letter to Santa. Other children were there with their parents, making the post office pretty packed. Santa’s elves were on hand to help the kids write their letters.