- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:11
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Santa came to Colonial Beach Dec. 7, and there were hundreds of children waiting for his arrival. “The line to see Santa lasted four hours,” said Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham.
Ham credited Sherry Hutchins, the event chairperson, and “all of our great volunteers with the Winter Wonderland success,” despite moist, cool weather.
“The volunteers took care of everything, putting up the Christmas lights, Santa and the Winter Wonderland. The town didn’t have to pay a penny, thanks to all of the volunteers.”
—Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham
“We could not have done it without them,” he said.
“The volunteers took care of everything,” Ham said. “Putting up the Christmas lights, Santa and the Winter Wonderland. The town didn’t have to pay a penny, thanks to all of the volunteers.”
Santa’s Parade started just after 1 p.m. at the Rankin’s True Value parking lot and then turned down Colonial Ave. and finally onto Washington Ave. to Town Hill. In addition to Santa, the parade included classic cars, members of the Colonial Beach High School band and The Grinch.
Miss Colonial Beach, Courtney Aclan, joined Santa as he arrived with Mrs. Santa at Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Town Hill pavilion. Children quickly lined up their time with Santa.
Refreshments, pony rides, music, games and face painting were available. There was a huge bonfire to keep Wonderland visitors cozy, and residents and visitors were able to purchase Christmas trees on the site.
Later in the afternoon Santa and Mrs. Claus joined Mayor Ham for the lighting of the Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree. And, there was a lighted boat parade down the Potomac River, featuring boats decorated for the holiday festivities.
“It was a great success,” said Ham. “We had 300 to 400 people attend. We lit the town Christmas tree. Santa was there, and everybody had a good time.”
— Richard Leggitt