By LISA M. HOFFMANN
IRON MOUNTAIN - Trucks, electronic gadgets, dolls and a drum set are some of the toys that area children told Santa they wanted for Christmas this year.
Reihannen Reed, 8, of Randville, was very excited to visit with Santa during the Downtown Christmas Walk on Thursday.
She told Santa she wanted an iPod, a whistle and a Monster High Abbey Bominable Doll. She also said she wanted her aunt Dawn Bennett to come home from Afghanistan for Christmas.
Her brother, Izayah Reed, 6, also of Randville, told Santa he wanted a drum set.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
Santa Claus visits 5-week-old Giuliana Micheau of Iron Mountain in City Hall during the Iron Mountain Christmas walk Thursday evening.
They are the children of Josh and Angela Reed of Randville.
Angela Reed said the family attends the event on an annual basis because it is fun.
Alexander Erickson, 4, of Kingsford, also thought it was fun to meet Santa.
He asked for a truck and a trailer with a four-wheeler on it.
Karina Pfister, 6, of Iron Mountain, said she wanted a big doll house.
"It's awesome," Bailey Treece, 7, of Kingsford, said of meeting Santa. "Because I really like the Christmas spirit."
Treece asked Santa for a Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and a Dream Lite.
Mrs. Claus handed out candy canes to every child who visited Santa at Iron Mountain City Hall.
Santa asked the children if they helped out at home or were doing a good job of helping with chores at home.
Santa also told the children it is nice to be good to others and do well in school.
While waiting in line to see Santa, cookies and drinks were provided by the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Women's Club.
During the events, area children were able to make crafts at the Dickinson County Library.
The King from Burger King handed out a toy to each child.
Event goers were able to roast marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate.
Bjorkman's offered horse-drawn wagon rides during the evening.
Caroling throughout the downtown was provided by local school and church organizations.
The U.P. Dance Academy performed to Christmas music on the downtown performance stage.
Downtown businesses had store specials and provided street luminaries.
A Snowball Drop, which was a prize giveaway, took place after the parade.
Hundreds of parents and children attended the downtown Christmas event.
Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.