First annual T’was the Night Live was a success

Santa awaits children and their wish lists. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – To kick off the Christmas season right, on Nov. 25, the Hartness House Inn welcomed 300 extra guests throughout the day to witness the wonder of a live interactive theatrical experience put on by the dancers of Gem Starz Training and Performance Center, volunteers, and friends.

Groups of up to 20 at a time were taken on a tour lead by Santa’s elves. The first stop in the living room brought poinsettias to life in the form of little dancers, along with their snowmen and nutcracker friends. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Next was a visit to some of the guest rooms on the second floor where children were nestled all snug in their beds – except the one who sang “One More Sleep” and invited audience members to have a look out the window where Santa’s sleigh and reindeer parked.

The puppets in the next room made everyone laugh with their own Christmas rendition of the Frozen theme song. The family in room four enjoyed opening gifts around the Christmas tree as they sang and handed out treats. In a third floor guest room Mrs. Clause magically transformed into Santa as she sang “I Could Be Santa Clause.”

Finally, the tour led to the heated tent where elves did flips and danced to introduce their leader, Santa himself! Children had a chance to visit with Santa and get their photo taken while enjoying hot chocolate and chatting with friends.

It was a magical experience for all who attended. There are already plans in place for the second annual Christmas event hosted by the Hartness House, Gem Starz, and the Springfield Area Parent Child Center (SAPCC). Proceeds from this event go to SAPCC to further their work strengthening families in our local communities. For more information about SAPCC, please visit

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