It's time to stroll

By: 
Samantha Hill

For the Christmas Stroll this year, Santa will not be coming into town on a sleigh with reindeer but rather on a hay ride pulled by a John Deere tractor. 

Our local Santa (or rather, Santa’s helper) will make his grand entrance to the annual stroll at 6 p.m. Friday at the Livingston Home Outfitters. 

Organizer and Livingston Chamber Director Leslie Feigel said Santa deserved a special entrance this year and with the tractor, it made perfect sense. 

Driving the iconic green chariot is local Dan Nelson, who said he is accustomed to operating farm equipment. 

“I have been driving them pretty much all of my life in one form or another,” Nelson said. 

Unconcerned over potentially cold weather, he will also be offering hay rides up and down Main Street during the stroll. 

Nelson said many of the tractors can get up to 20 miles per hour but for this occasion it will more than likely only go 5 or 6. 

As some locals are carted around town, there will be three blocks of Main Street open during the holiday event. 

“We just wanted people to have access to more of our wonderful shops,” Feigel said. 

Stroll activities include book readings at the Murray Hotel, performers at the Office Lounge and the Park County Senior Center and a photo exhibit at Flying Squirrel Gallery. 

Feigel said almost every business downtown will have something going on and there will be pamphlets available stating all of the possible happenings. 

There will also be fire pits, music and lights from fire engines lining the streets. 

The Christmas Stroll begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call the chamber at 222-0850.

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Samantha Hill may be reached at shill@livent.net.