Santa Claus drew a crowd to downtown Elk River

Mark Thole, 10, petted the very friendly camel while mom and brother waited in line for Santa’s arrival.
Four-and-a-half-month-old Dylan Karst was dressed as a mini reindeer to see Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus drew legions of fans to downtown Elk River on Saturday. Accompanying them were animals like this camel, shown above.

Despite the rain, there was long line to see Santa on Saturday in downtown Elk River. Photos by Kara Stritesky