On Saturday, November 28, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of three Movie Nights with Santa at the Skyview Drive-in theater in Belleville. The event was sold out ahead of time with mandates in place regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Families came to enjoy the classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on the big screen and see the jolly ol’ man himself make an appearance before the show began.
“We could not have asked for a better late-November evening for our first night,” says Chamber President & CEO Wendy Pfeil. “All of our families seemed very appreciative to have the chance to get out and do something with their families in a safe and distant environment.”
The Chamber also offered a limited number of families to purchase spots ahead of time to get socially-distanced photos with Santa by a professional photographer. Families were all required to wear masks except right when they had their photo taken with Santa protected behind a plexiglass wall. Everything was then wiped down between photos to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.
The Chamber came up with the idea to host the event with about six weeks until the first showing after many area holiday events were being canceled due to the pandemic.
“We just wanted to bring some joy to the community during the holidays while remaining distant from others,” said Pfeil.
The second movie night for A Charlie Brown Christmas is also pre-sold out. You can still purchase tickets for the last showing of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer on Saturday, December 12. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Photos by IDex Photography and Multimedia