Members of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department said they weren’t about to let a little bit of rain hamper their participation in the Holtville Christmas in the Park event. Hundreds of residents are reported to have braved chilly and wet weather conditions, determined to show their holiday spirit.
Hot chocolate, snacks and other treats were available inside City Hall. The building also served as a safe haven for residents who wished to say dry or who needed a break from the weather.
A spokesperson for the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department said that deputies were on hand to pass out free helmets to event goers. Kids from throughout the area said they were happy to visit with Santa Claus, to interact with public safety personnel and to be able to participate in more than 30 raffle games.
The Holtville Police Department and members of the fire department were also on hand. One officer said the kids were happy to be there despite the rain. The bands may have had to cancel, he said but the candy canes and fun seemed to make up for that.
Christmas in the Park took place on December 13 between the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who attended said they look forward to returning to celebrate in 2013.