Yes, the Holiday Season has officially arrived in Santee. Friday night (November 21) was the Holiday Lighting Celebration at Santee Trolley Square, complete with Santa Claus, Princesses, music, food, and lots of fun. A very large crowd took part in the festivities, a welcome reminder that not all is gloom and doom as the news media seems to show these days.
The activities centered around the amphitheater, where Santa Claus and Mayor Randy Voepel were joined by the Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen princesses for the actual lighting. On the Target side were various community and business booths, including Camp Bow Wow, Waste Management, the Park and Recreation Department, Verizon, and KSON. Several of the booths had prize wheels to spin along with a variety of goodies and trinkets to win. This year the celebration included an iceless skating rink made of waxed plastic resin panels. I didn’t try it out – not with my back – but the people who were out there seemed to be doing just fine and having a good time.
On the other side of the center were several craft and activity booths staffed by Lowe’s, Target, and the Santana Cheerleaders. There were also carriage rides, which were very popular. And of course, after his tree lighting duties Santa made time to meet the children who had come down.
Entertainment in the amphitheater was provided by the country band Southbound Jonny and the West Hills High School Choir. Unfortunately the amplification wasn’t set up well for the choir, so it was difficult to hear this talented group of teens. But Southbound Jonny was definitely a big hit, and had people dancing and singing along.
Thanks to all of the businesses and groups that donated time, talent, money, and more to make this a successful celebration.
Mayor Randy Voepel fires the shot that lights the tree
Fireworks – Always a nice touch
Mayor Randy Voepel – the Hardest Working Man in Santee – with
Miss Santee, Heather DePriest, and Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin
KUSI Interviews Mayor Voepel
Dancing to Southbound Jonny
The Lovely Runners Up