SOMERS, N.Y. - Residents celebrated the start of the holiday season at the Elephant Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Festivities included photos with Santa, complimentary hot cocoa, holiday music, a sing-a-long with the Somers Girl Scouts, the lighting of the crèche and a Christmas tree lighting. Many children also joined in the town’s new tradition of taking photographs next to a large ruler, to measure how much they have grown from last year.

All photos by Deena Bell