Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by El Patio Escondido on Dec. 19 for the Mexican Cantina’s yearly Christmas party, and were even seen dancing together later on to the music of Big Joe Walker. Many children and their accompanying adults lined up to have their photos taken with the famous North Pole couple.
Inside the restaurant, Big Joe had the whole house singing along at times on such songs as “(I’ve Got Friends in) Low Places.” He’d stop and listen to the crowd crowing out, when their time came, “… the Oasis.” Brown intermixed classics with originals, throwing in songs such as “Jingle Bells” for the kids. One young man even tapped on Santa’s sleeve and offered the Big Guy his slightly-used lollipop. Santa gave him an extra hug back.