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Photos: Families, sea lion welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus back to Steveston

Fisherman's Wharf was filled with jolly cheers on Sunday afternoon.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were greeted by an unexpected guest during their annual trip to Steveston on Sunday afternoon.

Crowds cheered along the Fisherman's Wharf boardwalk as the jolly couple appeared aboard a Royal Canadian Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) rescue vessel, announcing their arrival with festive music.

Santa and Mrs. Claus waved to adoring crowds while the vessel toured along the boardwalk before docking for their grand entrance.

And perhaps due to a touch of holiday magic, the heavy blanket of clouds began clearing up to make way for the sun just as the vessel rounded the corner to the docks.

The sun was not the only one to make a surprise appearance, however, as Santa and Mrs. Claus were also greeted by a sea lion who surfaced to check out what all the commotion was about.

After disembarking the boat, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way up to the boardwalk with their elves, volunteers and Richmond RCMP officers, only pausing briefly to pose for photos with fishermen, shoppers and a freshly caught crab.

Families on the boardwalk could hardly contain their excitement upon meeting them, and some children seized the chance to make sure Santa knew exactly what presents they wanted for Christmas.

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