Frosty kickoff for Santa's Village
Saturday morning started out in a frosted haze for many in Spirit Lake. The crystalized tree branches and picturesque snow made for the perfect atmosphere during the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce's weekend event — Santa's Village. Costumed characters and sleigh bells beckoned visitors toward more than a dozen locations in the downtown area with promises of holiday treats and fun. Few could be seen along the sidewalks when the first event began that morning but, as the sun began to dissolve the morning's mist and as icy flakes began to fall away from the snowbound branches, the foot traffic began to increase. Soon, the streets were alive with the sound of children's excitement and the murmur of chance happenings between friends and neighbors.