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Santa makes stop at ‘Desloge Christmas in the Park’

Santa Claus, one of his elves and the Grinch hitch a ride on the front bumper of a Desloge fire truck prior to the start of Christmas in the Park. Dan Schunks

Santa took time out from his busy schedule Saturday to visit the good girls and boys in Desloge.

A carriage full of riders enjoy their horse-drawn tour of Desloge Park. Dan Schunks

Christmas in the Park, sponsored by the Desloge Public Library, kicked off with the sprightly elf from the North Pole riding on the front of a Desloge fire truck with a reformed Grinch, starting at Christine’s Café and traveling down Chestnut before ending at Desloge Park. Child spectators along the route received candy from elves who strolled ahead of Santa.

Once he arrived at the park, Santa found a welcoming rocking chair in the gazebo, where he visited with eager youngsters, who couldn’t wait to share their wish lists with him. Snacks were available for everyone. And for a touch of nostalgia, there were free carriage rides around Desloge Park. The line stretched down the street, beginning at the pool house, while the horse-drawn carriages — one red and one white — pulled their fare around the scenic park.

The chill in the air reminded everyone it was December, but the laughter and smiles on the faces of the children warmed everyone’s hearts in the spirit of the season, so they really didn’t notice the cold.

Dan Schunks is a staff writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at


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