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Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce's Dickens Village

Saturday, Nov. 29th, 2008

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce held its annual Dickens Village holiday celebration, and seemed to have had a very successful evening.  There was a good crowd, up quite a bit from last  year, merchants I spoke with were pleased and had good nights, and the vendors I spoke with were also pleased.  Santa arrived and visited with kids (photos were available), the tree was lit, and there was a horse and carriage ride through the downtown.  But the big hit of the night was the "sled" ride down the "snow" at the drive-through at Bank of the West, where there was a line the length of the driveway all night long.  Thanks to the Dickens Village Committee that organized the event, all the volunteers that worked the event, especially Santa, and thanks also to the Rotary Club, which did the bulk of the decorating of the downtown district for the event...

Chamber Board Member Linda Thunes answers a visitor question

Board members Enid Joffe and Lisa Spigai-Perez worked shifts pushing the kids in the sleds...

Okay, so it wasn't ALL kids...

The creche made its official debut

Santa stopped by for photo ops

Unidentified lady and Mary Carney working the information booth

The lighting of the town Christmas tree took place

There were long lines for the "sled" ride ll night long

Iris Intrigue was one of the merchants enjoying the crowds at the event

Rotary Club had a booth to recruit and educate

Maddie, Bob and Karen...

The horse and carriage had horses this year, not mules...

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