Even the snowy and cold weather couldn't stop residents from having a good time during the annual holiday kickoff celebration caroling on the common on December 1st. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts and Parks and Rec, brought out many members of the community, who were eager to get into the holiday spirit.
The Girl Scouts got into the spirit themselves by organizing several fundraiser and charity donation booths that people could purchase items from. Toys for Tots collection boxes were also on hand for people to drop off toys at to help families who cannot afford presents. Hot cocoa and homemade chocolate covered pretzels were popular treats to keep warm on the snowy night. And at the gazebo, the St. John's Children's Choir and the Girl Scouts entertained the crowd by singing many holiday classics.
But the highlight of the evening was a visit from none other than Santa Claus himself. After arriving on a fire truck, Mr. Claus was immediately mobbed by eager kids, hoping to get a chance to meet him. He then posed with kids, who told him what they wanted for Christmas this year.
Finally, as the night grew darker, the Christmas season was made official with the lighting of the tree. For those who attended, the whole evening was a blast.