Santa arrives at Parade of Lights

This Cabot/GDS float of Christmas inflatables topped the entries and earned the honor of transporting Santa in next year’s parade. STAFF/PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

Santa Claus arrived in Montrose Saturday night on the bumper of an Elk Lake fire truck decked out in holiday lights.

Unseasonably warm temperatures brought hundreds out to the annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by the United Fire Company.

The parade featured fire trucks, floats and marching merry makers. The Cabot/GDS float depicting a Christmas hot air balloon ride was the top entry. As an award, Santa will ride the companies’ float in next year’s parade.

After the final truck had passed, revelers made their way to the fire hall where they were greeted by cookies and hot cocoa.

Amy Johnson reads “The Firefighters Night Before Christmas” while children waited at the Montrose fire hall for Santa to arrive. STAFF/PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Children’s librarian Amy Johnson read “The Firefighters Night Before Christmas.”

Santa then made his way to the hall and greeted the children who patiently waited their turn to whisper their Christmas wishes. Children also received a special treat from Santa.

The balloon basket float, with baskets provided by Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons and Cloud Nine Hot Air Balloons lit up the night sky along the parade route.

Santa Claus arrived in Montrose Saturday evening riding on the front of an Elk Lake fire truck. STAFF/PHOTO/STACI WILSON