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Nutcracker Festival as popular as ever

By Michael Buss, 2011-01-06
Yes, weve passed Twelfth Night, and this website has said nothing about the Winter Festival in Center Street Promenade on December 4th. But we thought youd like to see some pictures of the event, anyway

Yes, real snow in Anaheim. It was all they could do to keep the adults out.

Center Street Promenade was filled, as so often, with jewelry and craft stands ready to help visitors make those last minute Christmas shopping decisions. Naturally Santa Claus occupied one stand much to the delight of the long lines of children waiting to be pictured with him.

Last minute shopping decisions to be made.

Of course, not Nutcrackers Festival would be complete without the promise of food from one of several glowing grills and barbeques.

Key Clubbers prepare for art projects with the kids on the Arts Council stand.

A small stage at the intersection of Center Street and Lemon Street carried musical and balletic entertainment throughout the afternoon. And when darkness fell nearly a thousand people moved up to the area outside the ice rank for the tree lighting ceremony.

The irresistible lure of hot dogs and popcorn.

Santa and Mrs Claus switched on the lights to a few feeble oos and aahhs. Then followed a short program including a scene from The Nutcracker danced by members of the Anaheim Ballet. Up on the risers over 500 students from the Anaheim Union high School District assembled under the baton of choirmaster David Rigsby and sang a number of traditional Christmas carols. It was fun. People were happy. The kids loved it.

570 students sang heartily in the chill evening, led by Mr David Rigsby.

Its interesting to note that, as at so many public events, there would be little to draw the applause of the public were it not for ART!



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