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Photos: A drizzly yet dazzling start to the holidays

The Perfect siblings were all smiles when they met Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Mill Dairy Bar on Riverwalk. From left are: Mrs. Claus, 7-year-old Hailey Perfect, Santa, 5-year-old Connor, and 9-year-old Caitlyn. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.1 / 11
Trevor Pearson of Metro Ice Sculptures carves one of two ice sculptures made live during River Dazzle, with crowds of onlookers observing the process. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia. 2 / 11
Kids scramble to scoop up candy in the rain during the annual River Dazzle Parade Friday night, Nov. 23, on Main Street. The rain didn't keep hundreds of people from lining Main Street for the grand finale to the annual River Dazzle festivities. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 11
River Dazzle participants take a horse-drawn wagon ride down the White Kinnickinnic Pathway during River Dazzle. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia. 4 / 11
The Campuzano family enjoys treats from a booth offering hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Shown are: (front) 5-year-old Gianna and 9-year-old Ezra' (back) mom Nicole, dad CJ and 11-year-old Kyler. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.5 / 11
The Jacobson siblings posed for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. From left are Murphy Jacobson, Mrs. Claus, Otis Jacobson, Santa, and Abigail Jacobson. Abigail and Otis brought their Christmas lists to show Santa. Murphy was less enthusiastic about the visit. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.6 / 11
Ella Klumb, 12, River Falls, writes a letter to Santa at Fox Den Used Books. Klumb, who is a student in 7 Gold at Meyer Middle School, said this was her first year writing a Santa letter at Fox Den. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.7 / 11
The River Falls High School Costumed Carolers make their way downtown singing carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," for those gathered around. Shown are (front to back) Natalie Simpson and Ari Silver, Katelynn Larson and Mitchell Kallenbach, Haley Lodge and Jackson Califf, Thomas Cariveau. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.8 / 11
Instead of reindeer and a sleigh, Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town in a convertible with an umbrella at the end of a rainy River Dazzle Parade Friday night, Nov. 23, on Main Street. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 9 / 11
Katie Seidl, 6, shows off a new half-butterfly face paint from "Merry Magpie" at Mei Mei's Cookies and Creamery (113 E. Elm St.) Seidl said she was having fun and loved her face paint. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.10 / 11
Mei Mei's Cookies & Creamery head chef Jessica Lacy serves up green chicken chili, as part of the River Dazzle Chili Crawl. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.11 / 11

The 2018 River Dazzle may have been drizzly, but it didn't keep crowds from flocking to River Falls to sample chili at area businesses, visit Santa and the Mrs., write letters to Santa, ride in a horse-drawn wagon, gather candy at the lighted parade or see the downtown turn into a magical holiday land on Friday, Nov. 23.

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