Santa visits Highlands Ranch

Santa and his elves listened as children shared their Christmas wishes

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Children and parents lined up and eagerly awaited Santa's arrival in a South Metro Fire Rescue truck during the Highlands Ranch Mansion holiday celebration Dec. 7.

Santa climbed out of the truck, greeted the crowd and gave some reminders on the Christmas season.

“The most important thing is to be kind to everyone,” he said.

As Santa headed to his seat to listen to children's Christmas wishes, the rest of the festivities began around the mansion.

The event included reindeer games, a horse-drawn carriage ride, carolers, a Santa letter-writing booth and a variety of vendors.

Children who sat on Santa's lap told him their age and wishes and then took a photo. Santa often gave conditions such as “don't fight with your sibling until the end of the year” and “go to bed early Christmas Eve” in order for the wishes to be granted.

Children also got the chance to pet two of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office horse deputies. Max, a 16-year-old horse, stood with his owner, Deputy John Bican, and Drummer, 15, was held by his owner, Deputy John Knoth.

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