PLAINVILLE - The town carried on its tree-lighting tradition for the 26th year Thursday at the fire station, kicking off the Christmas season with Santa riding in on a firetruck.
The Plainville High School band and chorus filled the chilly night air with holiday warmth as more than 100 people gathered to listen to classic Christmas carols and other songs of the season.
Songs included “Deck the Halls,” “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” “Silent Night,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Jingle Bells,” “Angels We Have Hears on High,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Children, dressed in Santa hats and wool caps, bounced along to the songs and sang alongside with their parents. One boy who was really feeling the Christmas spirit pumped his fists and raised the roof to “Jingle Bells.”
Pastor Jim Caron read from Scripture, telling the story of the birth of Jesus.
Town leaders then shared their Christmas wishes with the assembled residents.
Town Council Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese said this is an “amazing” event that she is happy to participate in each year. She thanked all who made the event possible.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee also thanked the event organizers. He said that the sing-along was “very nice.”
Fire Chief Kevin Toner said it was “wonderful to see the community come together.” He advised people to be careful with candles and to make sure Christmas trees were well watered.
Police Lt. Eric Peterson reminded adults to have a designated driver or use Uber, not to text when driving and to make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seat belt.
Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett said the band and chorus sounded great.
“I am so thankful for this special community,” she said. “We have so many wonderful things happening in town like this event. I hope you all have a prosperous and happy new year.”
Marco Palmero, of the Plainville Downtown Merchants Association, and Jeff DiCosimo, chairman of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, thanked visitors for connecticut and encouraged them to stop at downtown businesses after.
Caron then prayed that God watch over and bless Plainville and its residents.
Evan, a student from Linden Street School, then stepped up to the microphone to call for Santa Claus.
“Oh Santa!” he asked. “Where are you?”
It wasn’t long after that the sound of a fire engine’s siren and horn could be heard.
As it arrived, decked in lights, children ran hand-in-hand to the roadside shouting for Santa. Santa, riding in the passenger seat, waved to them.
Santa then led the children inside for hot cider and cookies and a chance to share their holiday wishes.
Residents were also able to enjoy a holiday stroll, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. Local businesses offeried crafts, raffles and deals to those who visited them.
A horse-drawn wagon, sponsored by the Rotary Club, was available for rides through town.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.