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Santa spotted all over town

Motorists on Interstate 94 near the Hammond exit honked and waved at Santa Claus (aka Greg Burton of Hammond), who was perched on the County Road T overpass. Burton’s goal is to make sure everyone remembers America’s servicemembers at Christmas time. (Photo by Sarah Young)1 / 15
Three-year-old Mark Thomas perched on Santa’s lap at the Hammond United Fire Station on Saturday, Dec. 6. Santa’s sleigh landed at the fire hall earlier that morning, where he was greeted by the Hammond Heartland Days royalty and area children. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 15
A long line of eager children who were excited to see Santa Claus snaked through the United Fire Hall in Hammond on Saturday, Dec. 6. The line wound its way between rows of chairs, around fire trucks and out the front door. (Photo by Sarah Young)3 / 15
Greg Burton of Hammond dressed up as Santa on Saturday, Dec. 6, and waved the American flag to motorists passing beneath the County Road T overpass on Interstate 94. Burton, who is a veteran, said he waves the flag on the overpass about 20 times during the holiday season, hoping to bring laughter and gaiety to servicemembers around the world. (Photo by Sarah Young)4 / 15
The Star Prairie tree lighting ceremony took place on Sunday, Dec. 7. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)5 / 15
Louise Sanders had the honor of lighting the community tree Sunday night in Star Prairie. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)6 / 15
Brody Larson and his son Landry enjoyed refreshments at the community center following the tree lighting ceremony in Star Prairie Sunday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)7 / 15
William Aysta inhales a Christmas cookie at the community center following the tree lighting ceremony in Star Prairie Sunday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)8 / 15
Village Board President Greg Gibson helps Easton Hinrichs with a Christmas cookie following the tree lighting ceremony. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)9 / 15
Friends (right to left) Carlie Gibson, Samantha Gibson and Annabella Larson celebrated the season at the community center following the tree lighting ceremony in Star Prairie Sunday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)10 / 15
Santa meets with two girls and listens to what they want for Christmas during his annual Breakfast With Santa event at Doyle’s Farm & Home on Saturday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Micheal Foley)11 / 15
Farm & Home owner Pat Doyle (center) along with a team of helpers cook up a pancake breakfast for those who visited the store to see Santa on Saturday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Micheal Foley)12 / 15
Hundreds of families take their turns eating breakfast after visiting with Santa at the annual Doyle’s Farm & Home Breakfast With Santa event held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in New Richmond. (Photo by Micheal Foley)13 / 15
Two girls share their wishlists with Santa at St. Croix Harley-Davidson on Saturday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 14 / 15
Two pet owners took their dogs to St. Croix Harley-Davidson on Saturday, Dec. 6, to pose for a family portrait with Santa. (Photo by Micheal Foley)15 / 15

The first week of December saw a variety of holiday and Christmas events take place around the area, including Santa visits and other holiday festivities. 

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