Santa with Nora Krause of Lake City, MN at the Ti-Shi for 'Milk & Cookies.' Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Santa with Nora Krause of Lake City, MN at the Ti-Shi for 'Milk & Cookies.' Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Santa was a busy fellow last Saturday, December 8, 2018. He was first seen meeting many children and collecting those precious wish lists at the Spring Valley Event Center downtown in the Village.

This popular annual event is sponsored by the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce that supplies the treat bags for the kids as well as the cookies and milk snacks for them and their families.

Angie Rud owner of Star Belgians was there again at the curb of the SV Event Center with two of her six big handsome draft horses and the wagon for rides around the Village.

The Bill and Debbie Reed Spring Valley Event Center was all decked out with their amazing spellbinding collections that treat all visitors to pause and try to take it all in.

Beginning as you come through the front door of the Event Center building you enter a magical world first with hundreds of Christmas Villages. After you have examined all of the village scenes you enter the main room at the Event Center with Santa (William Reed). There he is in his glorious red suit trimmed with white fur and his flowing white beard and hair on a raised stage with his big chair where he and one the Spring Valley Royalty greet and meet with the children.

After meeting with Santa, the kids and their family can marvel at all of the other fantastic Reed collections of toys, from cars to dolls to teddy bears, Nutcracker Soldiers and more, lots more.

From the Event Center many folks stopped in across the street at Nickie Snyder’s 14th Annual Breath and Bodywork Open House for more treats and Christmas Specials on Therapeutic Massage.

The next place that Santa Claus was sighted on Saturday was out with the big crowd at Vino in Valley in El Paso Township. Where he was again meeting lots of adoring children, listening to their desired wishes for certain packages to be under the Christmas tree this year. And he was giving them a nice candy cane as they finished their chat with the big fellow from the North Pole.

With lightening speed Santa also stopped out at the Ti-Shi Dairy for “Milk and Cookies with Santa” in rural Spring Valley. This first-year family friendly event on a real working dairy farm was sponsored by the Pierce County Milk Marketing Board. Guests could enjoy milk and cookise or eggnog, visit with Santa. There were tours of the farm via tractor-pulled wagon rides driven by Santa’s helper Tony Shaffer who wound around and through the barns for a close look at where milk comes from, proving once again that milk indeed comes from cows not nuts!

Word had it that Santa also made another appearance at the 2nd Annual Christmas in the Valley celebration. This reporter couldn’t confirm that sighting; he had to return to rest and download hundreds of photos from Saturday’s Santa tracking that also included a sighting in Woodville. You can turn to this week’s Woodville Leader for that report.

If you missed Santa last Saturday, be sure to catch him in the historic Elmwood Auditorium this Saturday, December 15 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served, and it will be a great time to take that special family picture with Santa.  This is an annual event sponsored by the Elmwood Area Community Club. 

Thanks Santa, I’ll have the milk and cookies waiting for you by the tree at Christmas!