Pat Merriman/Dunn County Herald
A young boy enjoys his time with Santa Claus during the Tree-Lighting Ceremony at the Killdeer Aquatic & Wellness Center on Dec. 9. The ceremony was initially scheduled to be held at the Clock Tower, but was moved to the Killdeer Aquatics & Wellness Center because of the cold weather. There were cookies and hot chocolate, singers and music and free swimming in the pool. And, of course, there was Jolly Old St. Nick sitting with the kids. Santa Claus is quite popular, making his rounds in Killdeer. The grand elf will make an appearance at the Community Christmas Party at 5 tonight at the High Plains Cultural Center, where a variety of contests and games will be held, followed by a pot luck dinner at 6. Then, on Sunday, Santa Claus will make another appearance at the cultural center, this time for the Christmas in Killdeer celebration, sponsored by the Killdeer Parks and Recreation Board. The event will be from 1-4 p.m.