Every year, even this years, Coldwell Banker Schmitt puts on a great holiday light show and local kids are invited on the first night to a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. In 2020, the celebrities (Josh Mothner and Lara Rutskin-Martin) learned of kids’ wishes “long distance” — from behind a velvet rope on the steps of the realty office. All the big players were there — city manager, city mayor and Brian Schmitt — as well as some new faces like Shane and Ernest Robinson of Mid Keys Property Management who helped install the decorations. 

Gabriella has enough sass for a two-year-old, but is in fact only 1.
Eugene and Michelle Gilson bring their grandchildren to the event — Jordan, Erin and Brianna. They are 8, 5 and 3 years old.
Mom Eloisa and daughter Isashley wait their turn. “I want cookies!” said Isashley, 3, when asked what she wants for Christmas.
Monroe County Sheriff’s officers Zack Gilroy and Desliles Mompoint keep the peace.
Jonathan, 4, likes ocean animals and dinosaurs. Take note, Santa.
Eneidys said daughter Emma, 2, wants a Masha bear toy. It’s based on a Red Riding Hood-type Russian fable cartoon popular on TV right now.
Gabriella rests comfortably in the arms of her grandfather and Marathon Mayor Luis Gonzalez, right. He’s pictured with City Manager George Garrett and event host Brian Schmitt.
Thomas, 7, turns out like clockwork every year for this event. As usual, he’s pumped to meet Santa!
Mia Williams helps hand out the goody bags at the event.
Jayden, Alyssa and Nivi are the first to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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