By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
According to Santa Claus, who made a stop in Stanton’s civic center on Thursday during a surprise “snow” storm, things are shaping up to be a good Christmas.
“If you’ve been good, then it will be a good holiday for you,” said Claus, in between taking pictures with local children.
“But if you’ve been bad . . .,” said Claus, “Well, you know.”
Claus helped the mayor, Brian Donahue, light up the Christmas tree in front of city hall after being welcomed in with singing from the Rancho Alamitos High School Vocal Ensemble.
The unusual weather came as a surprise as hidden “snow” blowers hung from the trees in front of city hall burst to life after the Christmas tree was lit, covering the crowd in fluffy “snow.”
This year, the “Christmas in the City” event for Stanton was more subdued than other years, due to budget trimming. Instead of being a city-funded event, the evening was put on by Stanton Community Foundation and the City of Stanton Lions Club.
“This year it is smaller, but we’re just happy we still get to have it [Christmas in the City]. It was all made possible by the Stanton Community Foundation and the Lions Club,” said Jim Box, parks and recreation director.