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Santa will ring in the holidays in GE

Funding effort heralds return of caroling Clydesdales and Santa
Santa will ring in the holidays in GE
Clydesdales and Santa visit Glen Ellen in 2019.Photo by Melissa Dowling

Organizers have announced that efforts to raise funds to pay for insurance covering Glen Ellen’s annual visit from Santa have been successful.

The annual Caroling with the Clydesdales event, featuring a holiday-decorated wagon pulled by Clydesdales in festive harness, a visit from Santa, and a folk guitarist, is slated to swing through the village on Sunday, Dec. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.

The holiday fun begins at the Jack London Saloon, where children of all ages assemble to join in the carol-singing from the back of a decorated carriage where Santa presides. Hot chocolate and cookies (and maybe something stronger for parents), served up in the saloon, cap off the festivities.

The tradition, according to Glen Ellen’s Mary Guerrazzi, was born “of a chance meeting between a Glen Ellen mom and a Glen Ellen farmer back in 2001. For decades, this farmer has graciously given his time, beautiful horses, and beautiful wagon, without asking for payment.”

This year, however, Guerrazzi shared that the skyrocketing cost of insurance jeopardized the tradition. She put out the call for help through the Glen Ellen Forum, which established the Save the Clydesdales fund; the Jack London Yacht Club kicked off the fundraising efforts with a generous donation. It didn’t take long for the coffers to fill, securing another season of holiday cheer Glen Ellen-style.