Santa parade dazzles downtown
BALDWIN — Christmas cheer filled downtown Baldwin on Saturday as the community came together to celebrate the season during the annual Santa Parade, hosted by the Baldwin Area Arts and Action Council.
Kids waved to Santa as he rode his sleigh down Michigan Avenue. Several other community groups and organizations joined the bandwagon with decked out Christmas-themed floats. This year's parade had the biggest lineup to date, according to Lee Ann Russell, of the Baldwin Area Arts and Action Council.
"This was the biggest parade yet, and it was fabulous," she said. "We had floats we've never had."
Following the parade, families gathered at the Wenger Pavilion for hot dogs and hot cocoa, served by the Men of Purpose, and children had an opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa.
Sweet melodies played on the dulcimer by Gary Truxton rang through the streets, and some shops on Michigan Avenue welcomed visitors with treats and holiday sales.
Members of the Lake County Historical Society helped young people make old-fashioned holiday ornaments during a workshop at the Lake County Historical Museum.
Carriage rides through town topped off the afternoon of holiday entertainment.