Jolly old St. Nicholas came to town with his elf helper last Friday, December 2, to help Cedar Springs celebrate the holiday season.
The chilly evening started with a live nativity at 5 p.m., courtesy of Calvary Assembly of God, at the corner of Main and Ash. Copies Plus handed out warm refreshments until 6 p.m., when Santa arrived on the scene to help sing Christmas carols and light the tree. Also on hand was Red Flannel Queen Tinsley Nulph and Court members Kayla Ovokaitys and Samantha McGahan, Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, and city mayor Charlie Watson and Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl.
Afterward, everyone trekked down Main Street toward the United Methodist Church, and the Amish Warehouse handed out candy canes to everyone that passed by. At the church, Santa listened to what all the good little girls and boys wanted for Christmas, and businesses provided activities for the children while they waited.
According to Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, they didn’t have firm numbers on how many attended, but last year there were 92 families registered, and she said she thinks there were even more this year.