HOLDEN, Mass. — Bundled up in their mittens and scarves, Holden's young children were merrily singing along to Christmas songs at the steps of the Town Hall on Saturday night when, suddenly, an unmistakeable noise broke through the harmony of sweet little voices.
Amidst the approaching flurry of lights and the wailing sirens of Holden's fire engines was the distinct ho-ho-ho-ing of a jolly man in red making his way down Main Street.
Of course, it was none other than Santa Claus himself, whose trip down from the North Pole was made a little smoother by the snowfall that had gently powdered over everything in Holden earlier that day, according to Recreation Director Denise Morano.
Holden's traditional holiday event draws a multitude of families every year to the town center, where the Girl Scouts serenade in the Christmas season with carols for all to hear.
But for the kids, the most exciting part is the opportunity to have a one-on-one with Santa Claus, who leads the countdown to the annual tree lighting before getting down to the very important business of finding out what children want for Christmas this year.
The event is organized by the Holden Recreation Department and Recreation Committee, with First Congregational Church also opening its doors for families to warm up with popcorn and hot cocoa inside.