Rowen McIsaac gives Santa a high five after enjoying a sleigh ride with him, one of the activities celebrating Santa’s arrival Saturday at the Mall at Piccadilly. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Santa cruise

The countdown to Christmas began at the Mall at Piccadilly with the arrival of Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Celebration of Santa’s arrival began with a sleigh ride with him through the mall’s parking lot.

Related: The Salmon Arm Observer’s Guide to Giving

Photos by Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer


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Santa, accompanied by Bella, greets an awaiting crowd during his arrival at the Mall at Piccadilly on Saturday, Dec. 1. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Santa’s sleigh was busy circling the parking lot at the Mall at Piccadilly Saturday, Dec. 1, ferrying around excited families to the sound of jingling sleigh-bells. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

The Salvation Army’s Sleigh of Hope has been gathering toys for lucky kids since early November, and Linda Solbakken was out at the Mall at Piccadilly Dec. 1 helping take donations. This is her first year with the Salvation Army and she says she is glad to be helping those in need this Christmas. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

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