CHATHAM, NJ - The annual visit to the Chatham Borough Gazebo by Santa Claus brought a line that stretched out to Fairmount Avenue on an unusually mild Tuesday afternoon.

Children played on the latest addition to Reasoner Park, the restored wooden Stanley train, which helped the time pass by until the "North Pole Express" arrived.

Santa arrives in Chatham on the North Pole Express provided by the Chatham  Borough Fire Department

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The Shannon family came to see Santa at the Gazebo for the third straight year. Parents Lisa and Ken Shannon, along with 6-year-old Kaegan and 3-year-old Kaleigh.

"I grew up in Chatham, so it's become a tradition for us to come here," Lisa Shannon, who now lives in Woodbridge, said. "I also went to Stanley preschool. The train is a great addition."

Chatham residents, the Amalfitano family, Gerard, Kasie, Kaylee (4), Kamryn (2) and James (5 months) waited in line to see Santa.

"This is our first year," Kasie said.