By Kevin J Sabo
For the Advance
The Christmas Spirit was alive and well in Alliance on Dec. 8.
The small town located on the edge of Paintearth and Flagstaff counties hosted their annual Santa Daze. The event featured a Christmas market set up at the community hall, free-skating at the arena sponsored by the museum, a turkey toss where contestants tried to win a bird, a bonfire and cocoa outside the arena.
The Friends of the Battle River Railway organized their annual train ride from Forestberg to Alliance as well, where Santa’s elves entertained about 90 passengers for the trip. Santa himself showed up to meet the passengers of the train and then escorted them to the market by hayride. At the market, Santa held court on the stage and was bombarded by kids putting in their Christmas requests, giving parents ample opportunity to get some photos of their kids, and the jolly old elf.
The Alliance Valley Inn hosted a buffet-style turkey supper as well, which was well attended. As the day came to a close Santa himself was escorted by the fire department and police as he made one last survey of town during the “parade of lights” before heading back to the north pole.
The evening was capped off by a fireworks display sponsored by the Legion.
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