Kids have socially distanced visit with Santa Claus

Published: Nov. 28, 2020 at 7:25 PM CST
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AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) - Santa Claus came to the town of Aurora on Saturday. Kids made a list, he checked it twice and he spoke with several of them at Downtown Square to see if they were being naughty or nice.

Chloe Cody brought a list to show Santa what she wanted.

“A list that said 22 things that I wanted for Christmas like Fingerlings, a phone, a pop socket for my phone,” Cody said.

Old Saint Nick listened to her requests but not in the way that we’re used to. Instead of kids sitting on his lap they stepped on a platform and talked to him six-feet-away.

Becca Johnson brought her son to see Santa, and she was pleased with how it went.

“I wasn’t comfortable with him like sitting on his lap, and so I wasn’t sure if it was going to be standing distanced or if there was going to be regulations,” Johnson said. “I was really happy to see that those things were in place.”

This was all part of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Come Home to Christmas event.

“This is our second annual event, and we are excited so many people came out,” organizer Julie Wasem said. “We have a beautiful day today. We had it first time last year and it went over really well.”

The Chamber of Commerce had a full day of activities planned for families. They had horse and carriage rides, llamas dressed in Christmas attire, a lighted tractor parade, and other activities.

“I feel like that’s why we have such a crowd this morning because everyone wants to get out, and it is an outdoor event, pretty much the whole thing is outdoors,” Wasem said.

Organizers cancelled their soup suppers and other popular events because of COVID-19, and even though the pandemic threw a wrench in their plans, their main goal was to bring some revenue back into local businesses.

“We want to promote our town and our stores,” Wasem said. “They’ve had a rough year with the pandemic and online sales doesn’t help a small town.”

The nearby museum passed out coupons for people to use at various shops downtown.