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NewsTribune photo/Rachel Stella Volunteers recently spruced up Santa’s House at First and Wright streets, La Salle, for use at festivities this weekend. The interior, at least for the Miracle on First Street on Saturday, includes two little fireplaces.
8 a.m. and 10 a.m. — Breakfast with Santa at Lock 16 Café, 754 First St. Reservations required; (815) 223-1851; $10 adults, $7 children 9 a.m.-noon — Santa’s Workshop at Ax Church, 229 Gooding St. Make your own craft; donate a new, unwrapped toy to Christmas Care 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Fire Truck Rides at City Hall, 745 Second St. 10 a.m.-noon — Holiday Games & Raffle at 633 First St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Portraits with Santa at Santa’s House, First and Wright streets. Pick up photos at City Hall after 4:30 p.m. or at the NewsTribune on Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Pet Portraits with Santa at Ancare Veterinary Hospital, 2400 Chartres St. Small fee required; proceeds go to Alzheimer’s Association 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Hot Chocolate & Candy Canes at Dr. Wendy Sanders-Maubach, 641 First St. 11 a.m.-noon — Holiday Music & Storytelling at La Salle Public Library, 305 Marquette St. Dulcimer music by Santa’s younger brother, Hugo Kringle 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — Free Meals for Kids at Arby’s, 833 Third St. Ages 10 and younger with voucher; vouchers available at Santa’s House Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. 3 p.m. — Holiday Tours at Hegeler Carus Mansion, 1307 Seventh St. $5 children, $7 adults, $20 family; children receive a gift 1-2:30 p.m. — Christmas Movies at Stage 212, 700 First St. Animated classic Christmas flicks for children and adults 1-4 p.m. — Santa’s Workshop at Ax Church, 229 Gooding St. Make your own craft; donate a new, unwrapped toy to Christmas Care 1-4 p.m. — Free Carriage Rides at First and Marquette streets 2-4 p.m. — Christmas Bingo at 633 First St. 4-4:30 p.m. — Walk with Santa at The Gathering Place, 1021 First St. Line-up begins at The Gathering Place, ends at city hall 4:30-5:30 p.m. — Tree Lighting & Open House at city hall, 745 Second St. Pick up portraits taken at Santa’s House; enjoy cookies and punch
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Donate new, unwrapped toys to Christmas Care at Santa’s Workshop, Lock 16 Café, Hegeler Carus Mansion and city hall.
The Christmas spirit will officially descend in downtown La Salle on Saturday with the La Salle Promotional and Advisory Committee’s “Miracle on First Street” celebration.
This year, improvements have been made to Santa’s House at First and Wright streets, where the NewsTribune will take portraits with Santa.
“We’ve tried to make it a more Christmas-like atmosphere for pictures,” said Laura Frizol, director of the La Salle Business Association and head of the goal 1 (downtown) committee for La Salle Mapping.
She explained that the city of La Salle did work on the sidewalk; the mapping group and LBA helped with the landscaping; and businesses and volunteers donated the flowerbox, shutters, door, carpeting, fireplace and interior furnishings.
“It’s going to be wonderful,” Frizol said. “I think kids will have a wonderful time with all the activities.”
Another addition this year, according to alderman Jerry Reynolds, is the inclusion of Christmas Care donation boxes as part of the event.
Organized by area churches, the Christmas Care program’s goal is to provide a new toy for Christmas for each child who attends school (up to fifth grade) in the La Salle-Peru area and who is part of a free or reduced-price lunch program, according to christmascare.org.
Donation boxes will be at Santa’s Workshop, Lock 16 Café, Hegeler Carus Mansion and city hall.
It is the fifth year the city has celebrated Christmas with “Miracle on First Street,” Reynolds said, and every year, more people participate.
“We have a good group of volunteers,” Reynolds said. “Everybody puts forth some effort, and that’s what makes it work.”
List of donors for Santa’s House renovation Front door — Builder’s Choice Sidewalk — City of La Salle Window box — Ted DeSerf Signage — Designs & Signs by Anderson Christmas tree — Hegeler Carus Mansion Carpet — Home Depot Carpet trim — Herrcke’s Hardware Fireplace — Mike Kasap and Roger Sines Shutters — Koolmaster Paintwork — La Salle Body and Fender Scentsy pot — Mary Claire Klinefelter Inside decorations — Tri City Frock Shoppe Landscaping — Wilson Landscaping, La Salle Business Association, LaSalle Mapping Goal 1 Numerous community volunteers