Santa Comes to Old Town for the Snowball Drop 

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Santa Claus handed out candy canes to attendees (including this boy wearing a BAH HUM BUG sweat shirt).
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Angie Valetutto, of Arcata, and her daughter joined Santa and others in dancing to the music prior to the Snowball Drop
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Santa joined these children in a reflective photo opportunity at the gazebo.
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The Gumball Drop for children (a new event this year) featured colored ping-pong balls with age-appropriate prizes.
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Volunteer and air-cannon maker Dean Kruschke fired off a round during the Gumball Drop (colored ping-pong balls) to awaiting children.
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The Gumball Drop allowed just the children to compete (with varied techniques and successes) for the age-appropriate "snowballs" with related prizes.
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Around 500 "snowballs" were shot over several rounds into the air above the large crowd.
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A large crowd at the Old Town gazebo awaits another round of "snowballs" fired from an air cannon.
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Scott Miller, of Eureka, checked out the "snowballs" gathered by his daughter Jennifer (left), his wife (not pictured) and grandchildren.
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Santa dropped by the Eureka Visitor Center in the Clarke Mueum to say hello to employee Albert Brucca.
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Santa wandered past the murals along Opera Alley to find more children looking for candy canes.
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Daniel and Devany Klein, of McKinleyville, brought their youngest child to the Snowball Drop dressed in a cute outfit.
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After the Snowball Drop event was over, Santa walked around Old Town passing out good cheer and candy canes.
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