Santa arrives tonight

Santa is getting ready for his annual trip to the Sonoma Plaza. He arrives at 5:30 p.m. today, not on his usual sleigh, but on an antique fire engine.

Since Santa is very busy, the Index-Tribune chatted with a spokesman for the Jolly Elf, Roger Rhoten, who has assisted Santa on numerous occasions, is a trusted confidant and, in the right light, possesses a striking resemblance to the man in red.

Rhoten said Santa’s looking forward to his trek to Sonoma. “It’s quite an event,” he said. “Arriving on the fire truck and asking the children to help him light the tree on City Hall. Arriving by fire truck is the next best thing to his sleigh.”

“He loves to see the smiles on all their faces,” Rhoten added.

Santa tries to meet all the children who come out to see him, and this year, after he’s finished on the Plaza, he’ll go across the street to the Sebastiani Theatre where he’ll be able to chat a little more with the boys and girls.

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