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Chatham Greets Santa Claus at Firehouse Plaza

Santa Claus with 3-year-old Kaegan on his lap Credits: TAP Chatham
Paul Cowal with Cooper, Chase, Peyton and Kaegan, wait to see Santa Claus Credits: TAP Chatham
The Greene family came in from North Carolina for Christmas and waited to see Santa Claus. L to r: Lindsay, Brian, Cooper, Gretchen and Riley Credits: TAP Chatham
Joe Marts waited for Santa Claus with his grandchildren on Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
Santa Claus greets children at the Firehouse Plaza Gazebo on Christmas eve Credits: TAP Chatham
Jack Conlan, Jim and Annemarie Kling at Firehouse Plaza for the annual visit by Santa Claus Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Once from Chatham, always from Chatham.

That's the thinking of Gretchen Gumm Greene and her family, who returned to Chatham from North Carolina for Christmas, and waited in line to meet Santa Claus at Firehouse Plaza on Saturday afternoon. It's a tradition passed on by Chatham families.

"I grew up here and I've never not done it," Greene said. "It's family tradition."

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Greene in town with her husband, Brian, and their children Lindsay, Cooper and Riley, were the first in line to see Santa arrive on a Chatham Borough fire truck to hand out presents in front of the tree at the gazebo.

Paul Cowal also came back to town from Jefferson, and brought his children Cooper, Chase and Peyton. His father, Pete Cowal is an exempt Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department member.

The line to see Santa Claus was long enough to reach Fairmount Avenue and the sun came out just before his 2 p.m. arrival.

"The sun always comes out for us," Jack Conlan, who has been attending the event for 55 years, said.

The Chatham Borough Fire Department delivers Santa Claus to Firehouse Plaza

Santa Claus takes his seat at the Firehouse Plaza Gazebo


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