Ripon celebrated “Christmas in the Village” last week Friday and Saturday with some seasonal surprises for kids of all ages.

   Santa and Mrs. Claus rode in atop a ladder truck before taking photos with kids at Mugs Coffee last week Friday.

   Then, last week Saturday, adjacent to Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, a few of Santa’s reindeer made an appearance before Santa returned once more to see who’s been naughty or nice.

   Parents, meanwhile, could stroll around to more than 20 shops open during the event.

   At top, silhouetted in the shining lights of Santa’s “sleigh” is 4-year-old Harper Rundle, waving to Santa from the arms of mom Julie Rundle of Rosendale.

   Above left, grandma Kathy Puente of Green Lake holds Josiah Higgins, 2, as they, too, wave.

See more photos from the event in the Nov. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.