Santa flies into Crown Point — without his reindeer
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent November 24, 2012 5:06PM
Children and parents wait eagerly for the arrival of Santa at the Pointe Plaza, in Crown Point, on Saturday, November 24, 2012, before the start of the Santa parade. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 26, 2012 9:42AM
CROWN POINT — Santa’s much anticipated arrival was worth the wait for onlookers who saw him soar into the city Saturday aboard the Lake County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
He made his way from the Jewel shopping plaza parking lot via fire truck around the historic downtown square in his annual official visit to Crown Point.
Children waited bundled up in anticipation along Main Street on the square for their first glimpse of Old St. Nick perched atop one of the city’s bright red fire trucks.
Liam Bazin, 3, of Crown Point was waiting for Santa’s arrival downtown for the first time.
“This combines Liam’s two favorite things, Santa and the fire truck,” mom Danielle Bazin said.
This is the first time Bazin, her husband, Mike, and Liam’s younger brother, Lucas, 1, were on hand for Santa’s arrival on the square.
“The fire truck,” Liam exclaimed as the sound of sirens began to get closer to the square. “(Santa) must be coming from the fireman,” he said, trying to catch his first peek as his mom lifted him up for a better view up Main Street.
“Santa and fire trucks: It doesn’t get much better than this for a boy,” Danielle Bazin said.
The fire truck caravan then continued to St. Matthias Church where Santa listened to wish lists and posed for pictures at the city’s annual Winter Market. This is the first year the market was moved indoors to the church.
Joshua Welks, 5, of Crown Point, had his list for Santa ready as he waited in line for his chance to sit on his lap. Video games and a laser tag set were high on his list.
Welks and his mom, Elizabeth, watched Santa land in the shopping center parking lot before making their way to the church for pictures.
“He flew in fast. It was awesome,” Joshua said, adding his mom told him the reindeer needed to rest so they are ready for Christmas.
“They got a lot of work to do,” he said.