Niagara Gazette — The Lewiston Christmas Walk kicked off with the anticipated arrival of Santa Claus Saturday, brightening the morning of the children who flocked to Academy Park to see him.
As has been recent tradition, the Christmas icon flew in not by a sleigh led by reindeer, but by helicopter, kicking the loose leaves up off the ground of the village park and brining smiles to the faces of the waiting children.
Then they walked to the Lewiston Peace garden in the 400 block of Center Street for a chance to sit down with him and deliver their Christmas wishes.
Six-year-old Raistlin Rowcroft, who sipped on a hot chocolate from nearby Orange Cat Cafe, said he’s asking Santa for Micro Chargers this year.
“They’re really small cars that go really fast,” he said. “You put them in (a launcher) and then you press a button and they shoot out.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Pitirri, 5, and brother Daniel, 2, joined their father, Mike Pitirri, of Amherst, for the Santa drop off for the first time.
Ryan, said he was very excited for Santa and is asking for Lego blocks this year. Six-year-old Kendra York of Lewiston was also excited for Santa’s arrival and said she was asking for a doll house this year.
Kristina Reagan, who brought her two children – Mackenzie, 5, and Liam, 1 – to the drop off for the first time. The family just moved to the village in May and has been thrilled with the assortment of activities they all can participate in.
“We moved to Lewiston back in May and we love the many festivals here,” she said. “There is a lot of fun things that go on here and we love it. And they’re all family-oriented, which is great.”
Mackenzie, who was shy while being questioned, said she really enjoys skating at the town’s ice rink, built at Academy Park for the winter season.