He needed no introduction. Everyone knows his name.
"Santa! Santa!" youngsters cried out as the red-suited, white-bearded Mr. Claus came down Sylvania's Main Street, riding in a carriage pulled by a team of Clydesdales. With temperatures today hovering in the 50s, it didn't much feel like a winter wonderland, but it mattered not one bit to the children who were eager to whisper their "Please-bring-me" wishes into Santa's ear.
Santa's arrival was just one part of the Holiday Happenings festivities today in downtown Sylvania. Hundreds gathered at the Maplewood Mini Park at Maplewood Avenue and Main Street where Santa was welcomed after his grand entrance at about 4:45 p.m.
The event included free hot cocoa and cookies, free carriage rides in the downtown area, and in the Sylvania Historical Village's log home, a crackling fire.
Joy Armstrong, director of the Sylvania Historical Village which hosts the annual Holiday Happenings, said this marks the 15th year of the village sponsoring the popular annual event.
Mayor Craig Stough offered the city's official welcome Santa, and then the crowd relocated to the nearby train depot where Santa spent time with the dozens and dozens of wide-eyed boys and girls.
Other attractions included a demonstration in the blacksmith shop at the Sylvania Historical Village and tours of the decorated Heritage Center Museum, housed in the former home of Dr. Uriah A. Cooke. Purchased in 1897 and renovated in 1902, the residence served as Dr. Cooke’s medical office from 1897 to 1942. Each year, the rooms of the three-story house are decorated in grand fashion.