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updated: 12/1/2013 12:41 PM

Prospect Heights welcomes Santa, holiday season

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  • The Mabry children of Prospect Heights -- Matthew, 4, Graceleen, 3, Mikayla, 8 months, and Nathan, 7 -- visit with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.

       The Mabry children of Prospect Heights -- Matthew, 4, Graceleen, 3, Mikayla, 8 months, and Nathan, 7 -- visit with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Frank Katz, 5, and his brother, Tommie, 3, of Prospect Heights roast marshmallows before visiting with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.

       Frank Katz, 5, and his brother, Tommie, 3, of Prospect Heights roast marshmallows before visiting with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Mayor Nick Helmer and Santa celebrate the holidays at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.

       Mayor Nick Helmer and Santa celebrate the holidays at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lindsey Roscoe, 8, of Prospect Heights and her Brownie troop sang holiday songs before visiting with Santa Saturday at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting at city hall.

       Lindsey Roscoe, 8, of Prospect Heights and her Brownie troop sang holiday songs before visiting with Santa Saturday at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting at city hall.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

Santa traded in his big red sleigh for a Prospect Heights Fire Department engine when he arrived to help light the city's holiday tree Saturday night.

The weather outside was not frightful -- it was actually quite delightful -- at the holiday event, which Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer called a "family affair."

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Marcia Jendreas donned the velvet and satin female version of the big red suit for the fourth year to play Mrs. Claus.

"I think it's great for community spirit," Jendreas said. "It never gets old; we get new kids every year."

Kids such as Payton Kee, 6, of Arlington Heights, who enjoyed roasting marshmallows before visiting with Santa. She said she was excited to tell that Jolly Old Elf that she wanted the hottest toy of the holiday season, a Furby. Wait, what year is this again?

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