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Date of Issue: December 10, 2008

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa comes to town

The line of youngsters and their families to visit Santa was steady during the open house in downtown Holmes Beach where Santa and the Privateers took center stage. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
The Talucci kids loaded up Santa's sleigh to tell him their Christmas list. Foreground, Evan, 2, Natalie, 1, center, and Jacob, 10, right, was overheard telling Santa he's like a skateboard. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Santa Claus and his sleigh arrive on Anna Maria Island!

Santa Claus was busy visiting Anna Maria Island, landing his sleigh first on Dec. 5 at the Island Shopping Center, accompanied by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.

The downtown holiday open house at the center and surrounding shops appeared from crowds to be a rousing success.

Santa saw a line of youngsters and families from the moment he arrived at 5 p.m. in front of The Islander office until well after 8 p.m.