The snow may have disappeared but the rainy weather couldn’t stop Santa and Mrs. Claus from making their way downtown Saturday for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Village celebration.
Due to the inclement weather, the famous couple from the North Pole had to trade their traditional ride on a horse-drawn carriage for a lift from a Wellington fire truck.
It made no difference — a throng of kids were still eager to greet them as they walked into the village hall gymnasium.
Seven-year-old Hannah Lewis shared some details of her conversation with Santa after taking a seat on his lap.
“I asked for baby dolls, clothes, and candy,” she said. “I like any kind of dolls. My favorite part about Christmas is Jesus.”
“I want one of those watches you can make calls on,” said seven-year-old Lacie Trager as she pointed at a friend’s Apple Watch. “I like to have elves and my family around too.”
Crafts and games were also available inside village hall as well as at First Congregational Church.
Downtown businesses played a mix of holiday music and put up storefront decorations to add to the festive atmosphere.
“I’m going to ask for dinosaur models,” said six-year-old Gavin McMullen as he waited to speak with Santa. “My favorite one is the T-Rex. The best present I ever got was my Lion Guard playset, but then I threw it away. I had to throw it away because I had to clean my room.”