But the lights, the music and the spirit were bright and warm.
"We are a giving organization," Col. Nicholas Katers said before beginning the 2.6-mile Santa's Castle Ruck March that ended at the American Lake Conference Center.
"We are giving back to our own."
The festive march supports Santa's Castle, an organization that has provided gifts to the children of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, activated National Guard and Reservist families experiencing financial difficulty.
Last year Santa's Castle provided gifts to almost 2,000 children in more than 800 families.
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By J.M. Simpson