The well-known man in the red suit took a break from his Christmas preparations and brought a couple of friends with him to Castor on Dec. 10, 2021, for a ‘Spirit of Christmas’ event.
Santa Claus came to town as part of an evening of activity on Main Street which had the road closed between the Post Office and the Vision Credit Union.
In the closed off section a fire pit was set up and a couple of vendors braved the frigid evening and selling handmade wares and raffle tickets supporting local charities.
The small area beside the Post office was set up for Santa Claus, where he was able to visit with the children of the community, collect their Christmas wishlists, and leave them with goodie-bags donated by Castor and District Family and Community Support Services.
On the west end of the closed off section of road a stage was set up where Ken Muzia of Edmonton, Anthony Holland of Castor, and former Canadian Idol contestant Jaydee Bixbee of Delia braved the cold themselves and entertained those who bundled up and ventured out to check out the festivities..
When the entertainers weren’t on the stage, an inflatable screen was set up and the Christmas movies Shrek the Halls and Jim Carey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas played.
Over at the pharmacy museum, people were able to get out of the cold and get a cup of hot chocolate while looking over the Christmas items that Castor’s Opportunity Centre had set up for sale.
Activities on the street ran from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the majority of the Main Street stores keeping their doors open late to provide for some extra shopping time.
Greg Boxma brought his horse-drawn sleigh into town and carried people from one end of Main Street to the other, and back again, ensuring that people were able to get to all the businesses.
“From what I’ve heard from the general public, they enjoyed it,” said Holland, the organizer of the event.
“They liked the idea. They liked the entertainment and Santa Claus. It was a great morale booster for the community.”
Holland organized the event to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of his business, East Central Appraisals, in Castor, and hopes to turn the event into an annual tradition.
With the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ event done, Holland is setting his sights onto his next project, the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the south end of the Castor Colf Course.
“Castor business have done a great job of sponsoring the firworks,” said Holland.
“They will be in the same spot as last year.”
Businesses are donating to the fireworks, and Holland is acknowleding them on Facebook.