It was a cold day for La Salle’s “Miracle on First Street” holiday celebration, but that didn’t stop children and their parents from enjoying the festivities on Saturday.
Kids made Christmas-themed crafts, got their pictures taken with Santa, saw Christmas movies and took rides in carriages and fire trucks.
“It seems like our numbers, even with the cold weather, were really good,” Mayor Jeff Grove said.
Though the sun shone and there was minimal wind, temperatures reached highs in the lower 20s, chilling noses, ears and fingers.
“It was cold,” said Alderman Jerry Reynolds. “With the carriage rides — even the little kids only wanted one ride around.”
The weather was the only thing negative about the day, however, according to Reynolds.
Area businesses and organizations participated by sponsoring different activities.
“That’s what we want,” Grove said, “to grow and get bigger, but not duplicate events.”
The day ended in the late afternoon with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.
Kelli Boyer, 10, was chosen through a drawing to be the one who lit the tree, which she did after Grove finished leading the small crowd in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
“I was nervous and excited,” she said.
As soon as the tree was lit, most of the people rushed inside city hall to escape the cold and to enjoy cookies and punch.
Overall, Grove considered the fifth annual “Miracle on First Street” a success.
“We got good feedback from people who said, ‘let’s keep doing it,’” he said.
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