Santa visits Hancock this Friday

Santa’s Workshop, which is set up in Hancock’s Memorial Park across from City Hall, will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
A conversation with Santa's Workshop volunteer Carol Freeman about the upcoming Friday event...
A conversation with Santa's Workshop volunteer Carol Freeman about the upcoming Friday event and what people can expect from one of Hancock's pre-Christmas celebrations.(James Kuckkan)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:03 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - This Friday, Santa Claus is making a trip down to Hancock.

The city, which has held a holiday celebration around this time for almost forty years, has had to make some adjustments to grapple with the pandemic. Normally, City Hall would be opened up and kids would come to visit, sit on Santa’s lap, and give their Christmas list — this year, Santa’s coming to them. The big man’s going to be riding a firetruck around Hancock and giving out goodie bags filled with candy to anyone who’s out. There’s a city map, available at the City of Hancock’s website, detailing the exact route he’s going to be taking.

And don’t worry about getting those Christmas lists to Mr. Claus — because in Memorial Park, near the Christmas Tree, there’s a mailbox set aside especially for anyone who wants to make sure Santa gets their list just in time for the holidays.

Before he rides out, however, Saint Nick’s going to help Hancock light their tree. The pine in Memorial Park has been strung up with lights, and at 6:00 Friday evening, Claus is going to do the honors and turn it on to officially commemorate the beginning of the holiday season. The event will be virtual, and links can be found on the City of Hancock Facebook Page.

Carol Freeman, one of the volunteers who’s helped bring the event together, has been helping with Hancock’s holiday celebrations for years, and she says she felt this year was especially important.

“It’s nice to do something,” says Freeman. “You know, it’d be easy to cancel, people would understand... but I think it’s important, especially for the kids, if we can do it and keep everyone safe.”

You can find a link to the city of Hancock’s website here.

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