Santa had lots of helpers lighting Evanston’s holiday tree in Fountain Square this evening despite a heavy rain that cancelled an outdoor concert by the children’s choir of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Santa had lots of helpers lighting Evanston’s holiday tree in Fountain Square this evening despite a heavy rain that cancelled an outdoor concert by the children’s choir of the Music Institute of Chicago.

While waiting for Santa, Carolyn Dellutri of Downtown Evanston (with the mike bagged to keep it dry) led an impromptu group in a quick round of carols.

Santa needed an umbrella as he made his traditional arrival in the square aboard a big, red Evanston fire truck.

With their tree-lighting mission accomplished, the crowd of a hundred or so drenched souls made their way to the Rotary International Building,

where there was apple pie and pumpkin pie for all,

along with original carols sung by singers from the music institute.

Not to mention a chance for the kids to tell Santa what they’re hoping for this year

and even exchange a high-five with old St. Nick.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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