HOLDEN, Mass. — Word around the North Pole is Santa's coming to town this Saturday, leaving his reindeer at home and once again hopping aboard one of the Holden's fire engines to take part in the town's annual tree lighting celebration.
With an Estimated Time of Arrival of 5 p.m., Santa Claus is expected to land in Holden on Dec. 1 at the Town Hall on 1196 Main St.
Organized by the Holden Recreation Department and Recreation Committee, the traditional Christmas celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Holden's Girl Scouts singing on the steps of the Town Hall as children line up eagerly to meet Old Saint Nick.
Last year, more than 100 people came out for the event with their children, happily braving the cold and awaiting Claus, who arrived in a flurry of gleeful cheers and an array of flashes and sirens from his envoy of Fire Department trucks.
The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with popcorn and hot cocoa to be served inside First Congregational Church in Holden, 1180 Main St.