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Firefighters rescue Santa in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hundreds of people attended holiday festivities in downtown Rochester on Saturday.

The Rochester Downtown Alliance event included entertainment in Peace Plaza, rides by the Rochester trolley and tour company, a book reading by Mrs. Claus and pictures with Santa.

Santa Claus made a surprise appearance after his sleigh stalled atop a Med City rooftop.  It happened around 1-o'clock Saturday afternoon.

According to the Rochester Fire Department, the man's sleigh had malfunctioned rendering the senior citizen helpless on top of old City Hall.

Some on-lookers had some theories on how this could have happened...

"He was stuck on the roof because his reindeer ran out of gas," said Mia Webb of Rochester.

The driver of the sleigh, Santa Claus, has a North Pole license, but according to fans who came to see him, he was in the area on business.

"Santa gives presents to everyone on Christmas Eve-if you're being nice," said Sarah and Jamie Asher of Rochester.

The Rochester Fire Department managed to reach Santa who was greeted by his relieved wife upon his rescue.  After his ordeal, Claus shared his outlook on life with the many families who came to support him.  He then met more fans at the nearby Barnes and Noble while elves worked to fix his sleigh.

Many came with high hopes that this man could grant their Christmas wishes.

"Someday I'm going on the Polar Express and I might get the first gift of Christmas," said Tristan Bloomquist-Dean.

According to those close to Santa, he will be returning to Rochester in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, many of his loyal followers will have lots to share with others about the day Santa came to town.

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