Girls & Boys visited Santa at Loveland Plaza
By Chuck Gibson
Santa Claus climbed out of a big red fire truck and greeted a crowd of girls and boys anticipating his arrival at Santa Land in Loveland Saturday, December 7. His appearance along with Mrs. Claus renewed a long Christmas tradition at Loveland Plaza.
Hundreds of kids and their parents waited in line for their turn to sit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in his Santa Land house. Lori Wittwer came out of Santa’s house holding her grandson Easton after his visit with Santa.
“Yeah,” said Easton when asked if he told Santa what he wants for Christmas. He added, “Santa” when asked who gave him the candy cane he was holding.
The visit to Santa Land was a family affair for Wittwer. Her daughter Lindsey Hernandez was there with baby Indie too. They wore big smiles and warm clothes recalling it was really cold one year ago when they came out to see Santa.
“It was so cold last year,” Wittwer said. “It’s way better today.”
The weather wasn’t the only thing that was better this year. Santa Land had elves handing out balloon animals and plenty of other activities for the kids. There was a warm tent with food and hot drinks for all.
“Yeah, the train is awesome this year, the new train they have,” said Wittwer. “Easton couldn’t wait to see Santa, but he was a little shy.”
Wittwer and her family live in Loveland. She grew up in Loveland, went to school here, and has fond memories of Santa Land at Loveland Plaza when she was a kid.
“I do remember,” she said. “That’s what is awesome about it.”
Photo captions: Feature photo: Kids sat with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 2) Kids lined up to meet with Santa in his house, 3)Elves handed out balloon animals, 4) They loaded up for the train ride, 5) Easton with Grandma Lori Wittwer and baby Indie in the arms of Lindsey Hernandez, 6) The train ride was great fun for the kids (Photo credit: Chuck Gibson)
Santa will be back in Loveland visiting with kids in his workshop during Christmas in Loveland next Saturday, December 14, from 4 – 9 p.m.