Annual tree lighting and visit from Santa in Richmond Beach Saturday

Monday, December 9, 2019


Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

Expecting a large crowd, volunteers were out early to set up for the Richmond Beach tree lighting and visit from Santa on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

Christmas Foodies

Sherry Edwards, Chris Beck, and Teresa Pape were responsible for getting the treats and getting them set up for the crowd.

Tom Petersen set up the sound system.
Tom Petersen got the sound system set up and tested before people began to arrive.




Santa arrived right on time in a fire truck with lights flashing and the horn blaring out a greeting to all. He jumped down from the truck, quick as a wink, and spread his arms wide with a twinkle in his eyes.

The kids and parents were super excited to be face to face with Santa.


Santa took his chair in the place of honor to hear the youngsters' gift requests. One of the first was Max Murray, Syre Elementary School, with a short list.


Next up for Santa was Max's sister, Grace Murray, who attends Saint Luke School. 


There were many local young families in line to meet with Santa Claus, some for the very first time.


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