Santa Claus came to Mill Creek last Saturday, December 7th.  This year Santa was greeted by one of the largest crowd ever and of course a parade was held in his honor.


Santa coming to town was the brain child of Rotarian Barb Athanas, 6 years ago.  The first parade was known as the "best 5 minute parade" in the Northwest. 

Since then the parade has increased 10 fold and was coordinated with the lighting of the City of Mill Creek's Tree in front of City Hall.  After the parade, several merchants in the Town Center held special events that kept children and parents busy for hours.  Santa coming to town is now a several hour event.

With a bigger parade comes complexities and a committee was form early in the year to address the various complications.  The committee consisted of the City of Mill Creek, Town Center Association, and the Rotary Club of Mill Creek.  Mill Creek's police force was hired to help control traffic, streets were blocked off and many volunteers were brought in to help.

Hats off to the City of Mill Creek's Parks and Recreation Department, the Town Center Association, the volunteers and of course to fellow Rotarian Barb Athanas for a job well done.