Sydney Draudt, 4 and Sophia Daudt, 2, sat with Santa as he held 4-week-old brother Austin. Along with mom and dad Michael and Gina, longtime GV residents and proud grandparents Carol and Bob Perry were on hand to enjoy the festivities. Photos byFreda Miklin
BY FREDA MIKLIN
For the past 30 years, Greenwood Village, a diverse and welcoming city, has been holding the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting ceremony in December for the greater GV community. It started out as Santa Claus giving out cookies. The 2018 version is complete with games, snacks, and crafts for children, singing of seasonal songs by elementary school choirs, and the chance for children to sit on a sofa next to Santa Claus while their parents take pictures.
In 2017 the city demonstrated its vision of inclusion by initiating another December festivity, a celebration of the Festival of Lights, honoring the tradition and history of the fight for religious freedom. This year, hundreds of community members turned out for the two holiday celebrations Dec. 8 and 9 at GV City Hall.
What holiday party would be complete without a smiling lady on stilts?
District 4 city council member Tom Dougherty and wife Tracy Dougherty, Cherry Creek High School assistant principal, enjoyed the Saturday festivities.
Clara Riviere, 10, is very proud of her skiing penguin art.
Nate Stout, 2, played with the trucks on the carpaet track.
This family got their Christmas photo taken.
GV Police officer Mitch Parks and his wife Cara introduced daughter Londyn to The Grinch.
Dad held Titan Krattenmaker, 2, so he could roll the ball.
There was even a train to take guests around the city hall parking lot.
Christmas lights and the Hannukah Menorah all lit up and beautiful at the Greenwood Village City Hall. City of Greenwood Village photo
Erin Rubin is pictured with sons Silas, 2 and Elliott, 6.
CHV City Council Member Al Blum and his wife Bonnie Blum, a former city council member, are pictured with son-in-law Danny Rubin and Silas Rubin, 2.
Marnina and John Kregas came to enjoy the fun with their children Alexander, 10, Brandon, 7, Delaney, 4 and Cameron, 12.
SMFR Station 32, newly rebuilt just across Quebec Street from GV City Hall, sent over a tower truck. Firefighters dropped individual pieces of gold-wrapped chocolate from high up in their basket to the delight of hundreds of children eagerly waiting below.
Decorating dreidels, Paulina Zajd, 8 and her sister Julietta, 6.
Huntington Pines’ Barbara Pinhas enjoyed the celebration with her grandson Simon Mann, 6.
GV Mayor Ron Rakowsky greeted the large crowd. Standing behind him were Rabbi Avraham Mintz, council members Tom Dougherty and George Lantz, and Bataleur resident David Zapiler, a Holocaust survivor who helped light the Hannukah menorah.
South Metro Fire Rescue board member Rich Sokol arranged a special surprise for the children celebrating the Festival of Lights.
Leo Zapiler, 6, thought it was all too much fun.
Nathan Wilson, 4 and Hannah Wilson, 2, loved the doughnuts.
Daegan Kelly, 3 ½, brought his mom Sarah Kelly to celebrate.
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