MORRISTOWN, NJ - After Santa's visit to Morristown was delayed over Thanksgiving weekend due to the weather, a huge crowd gathered on Wednesday night to welcome him to town.
As the crowd waiting for Santa to appear, kids played in the snow while others sang, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". When it was getting close for Santa to arrive, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty told the crowd that its a tradition to yell "Santa" as loud as possible.
"Santa needs to hear you. He needs to hear you so that he knows that you are on the Green", said Mayor Dougherty.
On the count of three he asked the crowd to say Santa as loud as they could. After the second try, a smiling Mayor Dougherty proudly announced, "I think they heard that all the way to Madison",
Pausing to listen for Santa, Mayor Dougherty said that Santa was close.
"I think he's just about here, oh there he is", he said.
And within seconds, a loud siren alerted the crowd that Santa was quickly approaching. Kids and parents started chanting 'Santa', 'Santa' as he made his way around the Green on top of a fire truck.
Santa made his way through the crowd to the Santa House where kids could visit and take photos with him. Attendees enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies while listening to performances by the Morris Choral Society and MPAC Performing Arts Company. Santa's arrival kicks off the month long Christmas Festival on the Green sponsored by the Morristown Partnership. For a list of events, click HERE