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December 8, 2013

Santa arrives by helicopter as Lewiston events celebrate the season

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Niagara Gazette — At Angel to Apple Clothing Boutique, 451 Center St., this means it was time once again to break out the windpipes. The store’s owner, Jamie Symmonds, has made it tradition to make her customers earn a 10 percent discount coupon throughout her establishment each Christmas Walk by singing their favorite Christmas carols on the sidewalk.

Together with Taylor Nisbet and Emily Sembert of Lewiston Music, the sidewalk was rocking and rolling through renditions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and many others.

“Some people are a little shy,” Sembert said. “But everyone’s a good singer today.”

As for inside, Symmonds said there’s more to her store than just the singing. This year, she’s raffling off a pair of boots to anyone who wants to register. She’s also serving complimentary refreshments. Both are available through the end of the Christmas Walk, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today as well.

“We’ve been busy because the weather’s been cooperating,” Symmonds said. “It’s been great turnout.”

Other offerings around the village include a chowder and craft sale at the Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co., free carriage rides from in front of The Brickyard Pub and Santa’s continued presence for youngsters inside the Lewiston Peace Garden behind the Little Yellow House in the 400 block of Center Street.

As for Santa, he’s happy to see those smiling faces and eagerly awaiting his chance to once again shine bright in the lives of his biggest fans.

“It’s great to be back in Lewiston,” he said after stepping from the helicopter. “I love to see the children. They’re wonderful. I just can’t wait for Christmas to be here.”

ONLINE See Santa Claus land in Lewiston by going to www.youtube.com/hotspot917.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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