PLAINFIELD, NJ - There was a chill in the air, but children in Plainfield had warm thoughts, hot chocolate and cookies as they waited for Santa to arrive with his firefighter friends to hand out presents on Thursday.
First Lady Amelia Mapp welcomed the crowd, and the presentation of the colors was made by the Plainfield High School ROTC Color Guard. Councilman Barry Goode sang the National Anthem, and there were carols by students in the Queen City Academy Charter School choir.
The lights were then dimmed, and the First Lady counted down to the lighting of the tree. Then one could hear sirens wailing, and a Plainfield fire truck arrived, transporting Santa Claus to the plaza at City Hall.
After the jolly guy emerged from his sleigh, he made his way up the steps of City Hall; children were invited inside to take pictures with Santa, and receive a toy.
Toys were distributed by Plainfield Action Services.