It might not be by train but Santa’s coming to Hollister on Sunday
By Gary J. Groman, a.k.a. The Ole Seagull
According to information received from the city of Hollister, thanks to the efforts of Hollister Mayor David G. Tate, the Historic Hollister Train Depot area will again be filled with the joyful sounds of children and their families celebrating part of their Christmas by visiting Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 16 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Santa’s original visit to Hollister on the Santa Train, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9, was derailed because of the ice storm and other weather conditions experienced throughout the state of Missouri starting last weekend. The Hollister stop usually has one of the largest crowds of children on the Santa Train Line.
Hollister’s information indicates that when Mayor Tate heard that Santa couldn’t get to Hollister by train he made arrangements for an alternate method of transportation with the Western Taney County Fire District and contacted Santa to see if he had any time on his schedule to fit Hollister in for an alternate pre Christmas visit. Tate said, “The children of Hollister have had a special visit from Santa Claus every year for the past 14 years by way of the railroad. The children cannot be disappointed…so therefore, I contacted the North Pole for Santa’s schedule and asked that he make a very special stop in Hollister”
Santa agreed and, according to Assistant City Administrator, Vonnie Mathiesen, is scheduled to arrive at the Hollister Train Depot on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 3:00 pm. Children will be able to talk with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and there will be additional activities for children such as face painting and an appearance by Rondo the clown. The Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce will provide holiday goodie bags for the children.
If there are any problems because of the weather etc. they will be announced on KRZK Home Town Radio 103.6 FM and the Bulletin Board of the city’s web site, http://www.cityofhollister.com. Information on schedule changes can also be obtained by calling the Hollister Police Department at 417-334-6565.
Furnished courtesy of the Branson Daily Independent. http://www.bransoncourier.com/view_article.php?news_ID=41