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Downtown Sioux City filled with holiday cheer

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

It didn't feel like Christmas, but it sure looked like it in downtown Sioux City Monday night.

The holiday season began with a bang.  Fireworks lit up the night sky, and hundreds headed to the Holiday Lighted Parade.  The best part?

"Probably all the lights and the Christmas music and stuff," said 10-year-old Haley Hanika.

Don't forget seeing Santa ring in the season.  He rolled into a town on a sleigh trimmed with sleigh bells.

A favorite Sioux City tradition this time of year is the Festival of Trees.  Whether you're into kitschy or classic, there's a faux fir for everyone down the path of pine trees.

Area organizations and businesses sponsor a tree.  Then they're auctioned off for charity.

"One of the cool things about this project is that we do pick a different charity every year, and we try to make sure that it's a local charity.  It's somebody we know can use the money for a great cause," explained Dr. Tom Molstad, the event's coordinator.

This year's beneficiary is the Food Bank of Siouxland's kids backpack program. 

Now, the jolly holiday wouldn't be complete without a visit to see Santa.  At Santa's House, Mrs. Claus and the elves are busy making cookies, while the Jolly old Elf poses for pictures.  Topping wish lists this year:

"Money…" said 14-year-old Parker Rasdal.

"A doll…" said Savannah Munoz.

"Spookier Buddies…" said four-year-old Brooklyn Hanika.

Hana Oldroyd said she wants, "I want a Nook."

"A Barbie…" said four-year-old Breasia.

"I want an IPhone, I really want that," said ten-year-old Ellie Risdal.

"An XBox 360," added Haley Hanika.

Her six-year-old sister Alexis said, "I want the movie "Spookie Buddies."

What does Santa want?

"I would like a White Christmas, that's the 1st thing because the sleigh runs a lot better in snow," Santa said.

Luckily, Santa landed just fine in Siouxland. 

Santa's House:

Where: Sioux City Hotel and Conference Center Atrium (4th & Jackson)

Open Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Festival of Trees:

Ho-Chunk Centre (formerly Terra Centre)

Thru November 29th

Auction: Nov. 29th 6:30

 

 

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