Christmas in the Fort was another success, as dozens of people attended the annual event. This year, the lights were turned on by retiring city worker John Stanz. A maintenance worker for the past 37 years, Stanz is set to retire this Friday, Dec. 6.

During Christmas in the Fort, Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to visit with the children. Other activities included music, treats, a petting zoo and the annual Parade of Trees.



John Stanz (right), a maintenance worker for the City of Alexandria, pulled the switch to light up Alexandria at this year's Christmas in the Ford. Stanz, standing next to Joe Korkowski of Voice of Alexandria, is retiring on Dec. 6 after 37 years with the city. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)
John Stanz (right), a maintenance worker for the City of Alexandria, pulled the switch to light up Alexandria at this year's Christmas in the Ford. Stanz, standing next to Joe Korkowski of Voice of Alexandria, is retiring on Dec. 6 after 37 years with the city. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

Walker Bradford, 8, and Rhett Olson, 2 months, had their picture taken with Santa during the annual Christmas in the Fort celebration. The event took place at the Runestone Musuem Friday, Nov. 29. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Walker Bradford, 8, and Rhett Olson, 2 months, had their picture taken with Santa during the annual Christmas in the Fort celebration. The event took place at the Runestone Musuem Friday, Nov. 29. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

Charlie Burger, knows as Charlie Rocks Vegas, performed for families standing in line to see Santa during Christmas in the Fort last Friday. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Charlie Burger, knows as Charlie Rocks Vegas, performed for families standing in line to see Santa during Christmas in the Fort last Friday. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

The Carolers of Alexandria, both present and past members, performed at Christmas in the Fort Friday, Nov. 29. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
The Carolers of Alexandria, both present and past members, performed at Christmas in the Fort Friday, Nov. 29. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the Runestone Museum last Friday in a lighted ATV from the R.O.A.R club. They were on hand for pictures during the annual Christmas in the Fort celebration. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the Runestone Museum last Friday in a lighted ATV from the R.O.A.R club. They were on hand for pictures during the annual Christmas in the Fort celebration. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)