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Saturday, November 25 was a balmy 45 degrees in the City of Crest Hill with every inch of sun shining through the skies. The weather may have felt like early spring but the Winter Festival was every bit of the holidays. As residents and visitors started making their way to City Hall, they were met by local businesses who were serving hot chocolate, cookies, Legos, and many other goodies and giveaways. Others were lined up for a ride down Knapp Drive on a horse and hayrack while some stopped by to get a close look a real reindeer. Mayor Soliman kicked off the night with a countdown to flipping the switch with three lucky students from Richland and Chaney-Monge schools. As the countdown reached its exciting pinnacle, the Mayor and his special guest flipped the seven foot tall custom light switch to see City Hall come alive with holiday lights.
As is now the tradition, Deputy Police Chief ushered a very special guest in to the event. Sure enough, it was Santa Claus stepping out of the red and blue light flashing police vehicle. Kids of all ages chased after Santa as he entered the City Hall building to meet and greet those ready to pronounce their wishes for Christmas morning. The line was even greater than last year's event with 40 more kids coming in to see the famous man in red.
The ever-famous Eddie Korosa, Jr. band (you may have seen them as part of the "Kenosha Kickers" alongside John Candy in Home Alone) added to the joy of the season chiming in with classic carols in polka style. You could feel the spirit in the air.