By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY - The Polar X-Press, presented by the Shelby Area Business Group and Ashland Railway, made its much anticipated return to Shelby before an enormous crowd of people on Sunday evening.The 'Moments of Christmas Magic' event kicked off the day with a parade going throughout downtown Shelby. Local businesses and organizations rallied together to show their support for the event, which also brought Santa and Mrs. Claus into town. Once the parade concluded, downtown businesses offered a variety of different activities for the many participants to enjoy. Connie's Place had a live nativity scene, along with the highly popular face painting activity. Children could travel up to Legends to write letter to Santa, where Pioneer Career and Technology Center Early Childhood Education students assisted children with composing their letters. The Coolest Shop in Town, Shelby Thrift Store, and Alta Florist were just some of the local businesses offering giveaways and gift cards to participants of the event. In addition, Santa made his way down to the gazebo and took pictures with children, while St. Mary's fifth grade choir performed for the crowd of people just before the Polar X-Press made its grand appearance. Chelsi Butterbugh and Lorrie Stover came to the event for the very first time this year. Stover also brought her daughter, Emma, along to enjoy the many different activities which were going on throughout downtown. "We've got to make sure Emma gets her face painted and gets to sit on Santa's lap today," Stover explained. Stover stated she tries to take part in any kind of holiday activities. "We try to do as many activities as we can like this when the holiday season rolls around," Stover said. Emma shared just what she hopes she gets this year for Christmas. "I really want a new Barbie," Emma exclaimed. Angie Current brought her daughter, Shiyenne, and a friend of her daughter's, Bailey Douglas, along for the excitement of the day. Current explained this was the first year they had attended the event. "We have hit all the hot spots here. We registered to win a bike and the girls have really been enjoying the hot chocolate," Current stated. Both Bailey and Shiyenne shared they were excited to see the Polar X-Press and also enjoyed the Christmas characters, which were roaming around the entire day. "We really like to do these types of activities and this one is really great because it is just good family fun for everyone," Current said.