One of the largest social gatherings of the year, Friday evening, the fifteenth annual Christmas Stroll was held in downtown historic Sheridan. The 30 degree weather was a far cry from the below zero temperatures experienced earlier this week, allowing crowds of all ages to come out and enjoy the festivities.
Foot traffic continued to grow as the evening wore on and the line to see Santa Claus stayed steady throughout the night. Six year-old Madasyn Brockman knew what she wanted to tell Santa.
So was nine year-old Maddy Zahn who had a plan in mind of what she wanted to ask Santa for.
This year’s theme for the stroll was “Celebrating 15 Years of the Christmas Stroll,” and it was a night for everyone. Free trolley rides along with free horse drawn wagon rides and there was even a mini train from Burlington Northern giving rides up and down Main.
Three thousand stroll buttons were ordered with ninety-four participating businesses offering prizes worth at least fifty dollars, and while that may have been the biggest reason for the stroll, but for Kerry Eblen, there was another reason.
Santa, free rides up and down Main, there was also a variety of free food on hand, plus musicians played Christmas music in stores or on the street; the Stroll was a great prelude to the upcoming Christmas season.