By Michael Clarke | Staff Writer
On Dec. 12 the City of Richardson once again invited the public to tour the city’s famous holiday tradition, Santa’s Village. The village invites people to see the mobile North Pole brought to North Texas and a chance for kids to see Santa Clause.
Comprised of 16 elf dwellings set up by members of the City’s Parks and Recreation department, the Village sits adjacent to the Richardson City Hall and Public Library on Civic Drive.
In a typical year, Santa Claus heads down Civic drive, preceeding the blaring fire truck, sitting upon his world-renowned sleigh, and upon arrival, the cue is given to press the master switch controlling all the lights throughout the grounds. Santa’s Village opens with the lighting of the lights and trees all around the Village in a grandiose display of timing and holiday spirit.
According to Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend, at each of the small, individually-themed houses, children participate in a certain activity pertaining to the house’s sponsor. Then they trot over to the next house, each under the direction of a different city department or organization, some of which are yearly traditions, such as seeing Sparky, the big firehouse dalmatian.
“I love receiving cookies from Mrs. Clause. They are quite good,” junior Adam Goad said.
Due to the ice storm North Texas endured over the scheduled weekend, the City of Richardson cancelled the Richardson Christmas Parade and to postponed the opening of Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village was scheduled, weather permitting, to open on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.
“Hopefully with the cold weather, the petting zoo, with all of its great animals, will still be in operation,” freshman Clark Myers said.