By Bill Schlichting

Pilot staff writer

Santa Claus has arrived for the holiday season in Brookings-Harbor.

After landing his sleigh at an undisclosed location, which federal officials say is classified information, the U.S. Coast Guard from the Chetco River station rendezvoused with the special craft from the North Pole to bring Santa to the Port of Brookings Harbor Saturday evening.

Once he, Mrs. Claus and an elf disembarked from the motor lifeboat, the entourage boarded a high-tech Gem electric car waiting for them at the top of the launch ramp. The transport vehicle, furnished by Portside RV Park, brought the North Pole dignitaries to the boardwalk where Santa greeted children, posed for photographs and spread holiday cheer.

Following the greetings, Santa applied his magic to a Christmas tree located between the two retail shop buildings. With the touch of his hands, which brought two electrical cords together, the tree came to life with shimmering lights.

Santa and his entourage then walked over to his winter wonderland where children lined up to have their pictures taken with the jolly elf, and share their Christmas wishes. Santa's chief elf handed out candy canes.

Prior to Santa's arrival, those waiting for him were entertained by the Book Dock Ensemble and some of the ORCA Singers performing Christmas carols.

To warm people's spirits on the cold night, hot cider and cookies were available. In addition, Harbor Fire Department had two trucks on display.

Santa plans to make several more appearances in Brookings-Harbor before leaving on Christmas Eve to take his annual trip around the world distributing gifts to children who are on his andquot;niceandquot; list.