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By Miriam Raftery

December 7, 2015 (Alpine)—Santa and Mrs. Claus rode in on a fire truck as Alpine’s Parade of Lights rolled through town.  The procession included everything from donkeys to big rigs—all festooned in holiday lights.

A craftsman wielded a chainsaw, carving a work of art from a block of ice amid a Snow Festival at the parade route’s end in the Alpine Creek shopping center.  His handicrafts included a glistening reindeer, gingerbread man and more.

Kids skidded gleefully down a sledding hill created just for the occasion, while adults and kids alike frolicked in frothy snow bubbles spewed into the air by a snow-making machine.

Baron’s Market was on hand ladling up hot chili.  Local youngsters sang and danced to entertain a large crowd. View video.

Shoppers browsed for crafts by local artisans, including fur stockings, hand-made holiday pillows, warm woolen stocking caps, scarves, and more.

Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children, while parade participants also mingled with the crowd.  A goat sported reindeer antlers and a donkey shimmered in the night with Christmas lights.

A good time was had by all at this annual event, one of the many unique hometown holiday festivities held across East County every year.