Jolly Old Saint Nick and his helpers paid a visit to Pacific Palisades Friday evening. And the big man arrived in style. Santa Claus made his grand entrance atop a Los Angeles City Fire Truck from .
The continued the long-standing tradition of kicking off the holiday season with a little music, hot chocolate, face painting and games.
Police blocked off Swarthmore Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Monument Street, allowing the Village to transform into a winter wonderland and to provide a safe landing pad for Santa’s sleigh.
That famous sleigh was built by local contractor Tim Marschall over 18 years ago. Not only has it taken Santa to and from the North Pole year after year, when parked, kids can climb on up and discuss holiday wishes with Santa himself.
Families waited in line for over an hour for the chance to present their lists to Santa and to take advantage of a photo op with the big guy.
The cool weather made it feel a lot like Christmas, but if you got too cold, there was an elf serving free cups of hot chocolate. And if that didn't warm you up, perhaps the sounds of the Palisades Oom-pa–pa Band kept you dancing in the street. Also, for those who wanted their holiday spirit to shine bright, a face painter decorated faces and hands throughout the night.
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