Santa Claus is coming to town

By KBJR News 1

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Preparations for this year's Christmas City of the North Parade, set for this Friday in Duluth, are well underway...and Bentleyville's Santa Claus is gearing up for the big event.

Santa is the pinnacle of the parade, and is truly the float that every kid can't wait to see.

The Christmas City of the North parade is just two days away, and the Bentleyville staff is putting together their float which carries Santa each year at the parade.

"The man of the hour!"

Many little fans will be riding the float, along with Santa and the characters that will be seen at this year's 10th annual Bentleyville "Tour of Lights," set to open this weekend.

"We'll have nine reindeer, we will have some penguins, we'll have Mr. and Mrs. Frosty, Baxter the Bentleyville dog might even make it out," said Tim Rogentine, administrative assistant of Bentleyville.

This year marks the fourth year that Santa will be seen lighting up the faces of the crowd from the Bentleyville float.

The team of Bentlyville Elves putting the float together know that this particular float is a big responsibility, but they're up to the task.

"When you're carrying the big guy on campus like Santa Clause, I think that's the highlight of the whole parade, so everybody's waiting for the big final float to come by with Santa and the big red suit on it," said Nathan Bentley, executive director of Bentleyville.

And the smiles in the crowd that shine brighter than the lights on the trees, make the entire production worthwhile.

"What I love most is seeing the smiles on the kids faces. This is our way of giving back and saying thanks. It couldn't be done without volunteers and the Duluth community helping us," said Rogentine.

The Christmas City of the North Parade is on Friday, and you can catch it on KBJR 6 and Range 11 after the six o'clock news.

You can get in the spirit this week by tweeting about your favorite parts of the parade and memories by using #ChristmasCityParade.

Elsa Robins