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Sidney welcomes the Christmas season

 

Ryan Hermens / The Sun-Telegraph

Santa Claus visited Sidney on Saturday evening to kick off the holiday season. More than 100 residents braved the cold weather to watch the Parade of Lights, which featured a half-dozen floats. After the parade, Kris Kringle helped flip the switch to turn on the lights on the Christmas tree in Hickory Street Square. Santa also met with children and posed for photographs at the Elks Lodge, where hot soup was served.

The Christmas season has begun in Sidney.

On Saturday night, Santa Claus rode into town and helped illuminate the city's Christmas tree in Hickory Street Square.

With more than a 100 residents braving the cold weather to watch, festive floats travelled along 10th Street spreading the season's cheer.

A half-dozen floats participated in the Sidney Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Sidney Jaycees.

"This is the second year that we have been asked to direct the parade and it is definitely fun to see what people come up with in decorating," Erin Huddleston, who helped organized the event, wrote in an email.

Following the parade, Santa greeted Sidney's younger residents around the Christmas tree before leading the crowd to the Elks Lodge for a soup supper.

Before and during the parade, the Cheyenne County Young Professionals were in Hickory Street Square selling hot chocolate and coffee to help keep the cold away.

Throughout the holiday season, more community events – and additional appearances by Kris Kringle – are planned for the square. A full schedule of events is available on the City of Sidney's website, at http//cityofsidney.org.

Holidays in Hickory Square

Saturday, Dec. 5

Kids games, 1-3 p.m.

Free carriage rides, 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 10

Pictures with Santa, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Christmas carols around the Christmas tree, 1-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18

Singing in the square with Sidney 4th grade students, Noon

 

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