Santa Claus made his annual drop into Shenandoah on Friday afternoon.
But high winds prevented the jolly one from gliding into the Shenandoah Valley high school football field via parachute as he’s done for more than a decade now. If he would have tried on Friday, he might have ended up in Mahanoy City!
So Santa got a ride in a helicopter instead.
Once he touched down – get it? – on the field, Santa Claus was greeted by several hundred children and their parents as well as Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman.
Santa’s arrival in Shenandoah on Friday, followed by many more similar arrivals around Schuylkill County in the coming days, unofficially marked the start of the Christmas season here in the coal region. The absolutely frigid temperature – not helped by the wind – certainly made it feel like Christmas. Snowflakes flying around added a nice touch.
After greeting families around the field, Santa hopped on the back of an antique firetruck from the Polish-American Fire Co. in Shenandoah and paraded around town. A tree lighting is planned for later Saturday.
Editorial note: Yes, we’re aware of Girardville’s Santa parade on Thursday evening, but Santa on Thanksgiving???