Photo story: Santa arrives in Midland

Santa came to town on Nov. 29, a rainy, breezy night. A warm reception from locals welcomed him as he crossed the Tridge and paraded through downtown on his sleigh. Shortly after 7 p.m., he arrived at the Midland County Courthouse, where he received the keys to his house and performed the annual courthouse lighting.

Since Santa’s House was built in 1987, he’s been visiting his home in Midland ahead of his scheduled Christmas Eve deliveries. The house is located next to the courthouse at 301 W. Main St.  It's a proud project of the Midland Area Community Foundation.

Appointments are no longer necessary to see Santa. The 2022 schedule, which includes sensory-friendly days, can be seen at

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