SILVER CREEK - The chilly day did not deter the Christmas spirit in Silver Creek Saturday.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the village by fire truck with nearly 200 children waiting.
"When the fire truck pulled in, you could feel the kids' excitement," Matt Bogosian, Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek member and owner of the Backline Teen Dance Club, said.
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Breydon Kuzdale, 3, poses with Santa at Silver Creek’s Christmas in the Park sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek.
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Almost 200 children lined up Saturday to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s real reindeer Dancer at Silver Creek’s Christmas in the Park.
Bogosian and his wife Karen have organized the annual event since 1997.
"It is the event we look forward to every year," Matt said.
The temperature dropped overnight, but that did not stop children and their parents from lining Park Place to see Good Old St. Nick.
"We had people lining up an hour early at 11 o'clock," Karen said. "No matter what the weather is like, we always get around 200 kids."
Children were greeted this year by Travis Small dressed as Sesame Street favorite Elmo. They were able to pet Santa's real reindeer, Dancer, who has been at the event every year thanks to Santa's helper, Michael Morton of Sun-Dance-Kids Farm. There were horse-drawn carriage rides through the park.
Once inside, children were able to sit on Santa's lap and receive a goody bag from Mrs. Claus.
Three-year-old Breydon Kuzdale asked Santa for legos and a toy gun.
Karen Bogosian said she had heard a lot of boys ask for trucks this year.
Also inside the Backline, children were able to decorate a T-shirt and the Silver Creek Key Club helped with facepainting.
In the past, cookie decorating was also a part of the event.
"We miss Petri's," Karen said. "But it is important to us to keep this a free event."
The Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek is the sponsor of this annual event with the assistance of area businesses and organizations such as Rite-Aid, Stitchez Unlimited, Silver Creek Fireman's Association, Masonic Lodge and Park Place Real Estate.