From Gadsden to Beech, the spirit of the holidays was alive on every corner. Twinkling lights bounced off various Christmas scenes, giant inflatable Santas swayed in the wind, ‘snow’ fluttered down onto the streets, and toy soldiers and elves roamed the crowds offering assistance to thousands of residents who came out to take it all in.
Carolers serenaded the crowd from the balcony at the Western Museum, while live reindeer ate grass in front of the Cedar Center (oblivious to the gawking spectators).
Crowds surrounded a man carving a giant ice sculpture of Santa going down the chimney, while kids danced in faux snow, just footsteps away. Further up The BLVD, squeals of laughter could be heard as a snowball fight took pace – Santa’s Elves vs. children.
At least two different lines winded around corners, filled with parents and children waiting for their turns to take pictures with Santa and for riding the holiday train.
There was also a Cristkindlmart holiday market featuring crafts, holiday treats and handmade items; Santa’s Village, featuring children’s arts and crafts; a holiday mural; and holiday entertainment on four different stages.
The following are some sights from the second annual Magical BLVD Christmas Saturday.
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