GEL FUN: A Ride in the Sky with Santa

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For years my wife and I have taken our children and out of town guests downtown to experience the Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk. It's a wonderful tradition - watching Santa stroll down Main St., squeeze into a fire truck snorkel, ride to the top of the Christmas (PC - Holiday) tree, then tickle the treetop to illuminate the lights to the screams of the crowd below.

This year, I had an opportunity to photograph the scene from Santa's pulpit in the sky courtesy of Bells & Whistles. Taking photographs of a dark street scene from a bouncing bucket, with the Big Red Guy standing one foot from me posed a difficult technical challenge. Santa is NOT the kind of guy to art direct when he's got the pressure of lighting the tree and pleasing the crowd.

In addition to photographing the scene from the bucket, I found it equally interesting to photo-document Santa's journey along the route from the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Station to the tree, through the throngs of onlookers.

I hope the photos convey the magic of the season represented in the eyes and faces of children - and adults - along Santa's path! The Holiday Walk tradition is a magical moment in Glen Ellyn. And to witness it alongside Santa this year was priceless.

View select photos here.

View Santa's Holiday Walk journey here.

Photos of this year's Holiday Walk will be on display and available for purchase during the Scenes of Glen Ellyn Exhibition at Bells & Whistles. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department. The next exhibition reception is Friday, Dec 11 at 7pm. RSVP here.

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