SPARTA, NJ – Santa was busy in Sparta over the past week end.  He made appearances at the German Christmas Market and at the Sparta Train Station.  The man in red finished his weekend with a trip to Station Park arriving by fire truck.

The annual Santa visit was as popular as always with more than 85 families stopping by to have a photo taken, enjoy Christmas music, some snacks and even write a letter to Santa.

Another popular feature of Santa’s visit to Station Park is the emergency vehicles for the children to explore.  Many of the children took turns in the driver’s seat of the fire truck, climbed around a police patrol car and visited with Sparta Ambulance Squad cadets.

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The Sparta Recreation Committee organized the event and were assisted by students from volunteer organizations Sparta Middle School Builders Club and Sparta High School Key Club.

Music was provided by Sparta High School Wind Ensemble and the Pope John High School choir. 

The trees decorating the pavilion were on loan from the Sparta VFW tree sale.

Laura Louie was behind the camera eliciting smiles from Santa’s visitors.  She had several helpers with her keeping track of the families.

Several of the children wrote their wish list for Santa:

  • Shay, 8-years-old, would like a hover board and Pick Me Pp
  • Adalyn, 6-years-old, would like an “L.O. L. with 80 surprises”
  • Sebastian, 5-years-old would like a Dinosaur Surprise Egg
  • Matilda,5-years-old would like a  L.O.L. Surprise

Santa’s visit was made possible by the Recreation Committee and donations from Duffy Brennan, Weichert Realtors.  Visitors were asked to bring food donations for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.

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