Santa spreads holiday cheer


With a flick of a switch, Santa Claus lights the Oberlin Christmas tree at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.


Kris Kringle and his clan of elves rode into town in an Oberlin fire truck.


Holly and Blake Baughcum take a seat on the jolly man’s lap.


Porter Burgess asks for a lightsaber.


Isabella Rapp asks Santa for three things: a friend for my cat, an iPhone, and a unicorn.


Benaniah Griffith meets Santa for the first time.


Mr. Claus waves to all the children waiting to see him.


Decked in a long white beard and a fur-trimmed red suit, Old St. Nick walks through Martin Luther King Park.


Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

A little bit of Christmas magic and a strict diet of milk and cookies — that’s how Santa Claus said he travels around the world in one night. Old St. Nick retired his reindeer-drawn sleigh Friday night and rode into Martin Luther King Jr. Park in an Oberlin fire truck with his helper elves. His deep-throated chuckle could be heard over the wee-woo of the siren, setting dozens of children’s eyes aglow.

Santa laughed, with both hands pressed against his shaking belly, before lighting the city’s holiday tree. “A ho-ho tree!” squealed three-year-old Benaniah Griffith. The ceremony was his first time meeting the jolly man in red.

A line of children swirled through Cable Co-op on East College Street to sit on Santa’s lap. Chili, hot chocolate, and cookies were nibbled on while they waited to list off their Christmas wishes. When Kensington Mason was asked what she wants for Christmas, the three-year-old was confident in her answer: “A flamingo.”

With a flick of a switch, Santa Claus lights the Oberlin Christmas tree at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7152.jpgWith a flick of a switch, Santa Claus lights the Oberlin Christmas tree at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Kris Kringle and his clan of elves rode into town in an Oberlin fire truck.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7157.jpgKris Kringle and his clan of elves rode into town in an Oberlin fire truck.

Holly and Blake Baughcum take a seat on the jolly man’s lap.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7165.jpgHolly and Blake Baughcum take a seat on the jolly man’s lap.

Porter Burgess asks for a lightsaber.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7168.jpgPorter Burgess asks for a lightsaber.

Isabella Rapp asks Santa for three things: a friend for my cat, an iPhone, and a unicorn.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7172.jpgIsabella Rapp asks Santa for three things: a friend for my cat, an iPhone, and a unicorn.

Benaniah Griffith meets Santa for the first time.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7173.jpgBenaniah Griffith meets Santa for the first time.

Mr. Claus waves to all the children waiting to see him.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7149.jpgMr. Claus waves to all the children waiting to see him.

Decked in a long white beard and a fur-trimmed red suit, Old St. Nick walks through Martin Luther King Park.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/web1_IMG_7150.jpgDecked in a long white beard and a fur-trimmed red suit, Old St. Nick walks through Martin Luther King Park.