PHILLIPS – Santa was the special guest at the tree-lighting festivities in downtown Phillips on Dec. 4. As townsfolk of all ages gathered round, St. Nick directed the countdown that led to the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Congregational Church.

Following a reading of the “Christmas Story” by Melissa Galusha, everyone moved to warmer surroundings for hot chocolate and Christmas goodies.

Rather than taking the traditional reindeer-drawn sleigh, Santa climbed onto a four-wheeler and joined a cavalcade of ATVs, which led him up the street to the Community House.

There he settled into a cozy corner and welcomed the children who lined up to take a turn on his knee and share their Christmas wishes. Seventy-seven photos were taken of children with Santa.

Teen members of the ZONE also handed out Christmas candy and small gifts. The event was sponsored by the Phillips Chamber of Commerce, the Narrow Gauge ATV Riders and the ZONE.

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