SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Of course, this is Santa's busy season, but the big guy in red took time out of his very hectic week-before-Christmas schedule to stop by the Spotswood High School Cafetorium on December 20 for the Schoenly School's Winter Concert.

The first graders concluded an exciting program of holiday concerts from the Spotswood School District's four schools. The Appleby School started off the winter showcase earlier in the month, followed by the Memorial Middle School and Spotswood High School. On December 20, it was the first graders turn to take the stage for a multicultural musical adventure under the direction of Schoenly School music teacher, Carl Beck. Students had been working on  their repertoire since September.

Donning their holiday best, the six and seven year olds sang holiday favorites such as "Holly, Ivy And Evergreen," "O Tienenbaum" and "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer." The finale was a top parent pick with the kids singing the adorable "Must Be Santa."

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It was at that moment that Santa actually did arrive to the surprise of the performers and the audience, making for a delightful evening of seasonal music.

"As a principal, nights like these fill me with joy and pride as our staff members and family members get the opportunity to celebrate our young learners," Schoenly School Principal Jennifer Asprocolas said. "At Schoenly School, we constantly refer back to the old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," and it was wonderful to bring that entire village together on Wednesday night."