Santa Claus arrives at Long Meadow

November 24, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Nine-year-old Adam Semler was one of the first children to greet Santa Claus as the jolly old elf arrived Friday morning at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

When asked what it felt like to shake Santa's hand, Adam paused thoughtfully and said, "I didn't feel nothin' ... He had gloves on."

Adam was one of about 200 people who bundled up and braved the cold weather to attend Santa's annual arrival at the shopping center. Santa arrived on the back of a flatbed tow truck that followed a procession of vehicles, including a float and firetrucks from the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co.

Parents waited patiently in a line that stretched down a storefront sidewalk to take pictures of their children sitting on Santa's lap.


Jewel Collins of Hagerstown said she rather would be standing in the freezing cold than shopping.

"It gets (the children) excited and ready for Christmas," she said. "And they will ask us every day, 'When is it going to get here?'"

As Santa met with children inside the former Books 'n Things, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman entertained people outside.

In addition to the Christmas activities, children were treated to pony rides and magic shows.

Michael Rodgers of Hagerstown said he brought his two daughters, Tatiana, 1, and Ariana, 3, to the event to continue a family tradition that started when he was a boy.

Ariana said she asked Santa for a blue doll and a dress.

"He said, 'Yes,'" she said.

"I love it," Michael said. "It's great for the kids. It's great for the community. It's one time of year when everyone can be a little happier."

Santa's hours

Santa's hours at Long Meadow Shopping Center:

·Today - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·Sunday - 1 to 4 p.m.

·Dec. 1 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Dec. 3-6 - 4 to 7 p.m.

·Dec. 7 - 4 to 6 p.m.

·Dec. 8 and 10 - 4 to 7 p.m.

·Dec. 12 - 4 to 8 p.m. (pet pictures)

·Dec. 16 - 3 to 6 p.m.

·Dec. 17 - 4 to 6 p.m.

·Dec. 18 - 4 to 7 p.m.

·Dec. 19 - 4 to 6 p.m.

·Dec. 22 - 1 to 4 p.m.

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