Tree lighting in Saxtons River welcomes the holiday season

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – The arrival of Santa Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. will signal the start of the holiday celebrations in Saxtons River as the Jolly Elf leads the “oohs” and “ahs” when the village Christmas tree is lit in front of the historical society.

After the lighting, Santa will visit with the children and hear Christmas wishes at Main Street Arts, with hot chocolate and cookies provided by the members of the Nature Club and other community members. There will also be a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the village with Roger Dolloph at the wheel. The group Harmony Lot will sing seasonal songs, and there will be reindeer games to entertain the kids while they wait to bend Santa’s ear.

The event is sponsored by Main Street Arts, the community arts center, and the Saxtons River Village trustees, and is free for everyone. At 6 p.m., the community is invited to gather at the Saxtons River Inn for a sing-along with Richard Mitchell at the piano and hot cider on tap.

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