WARREN, NJ - Everyone loves Santa.
Hundreds of Warrenites braved the cold to see Santa at the Holiday Walk sponsored by the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce this year.
The event, which was open to the public and free to all attendees, started at 2 p.m. at the Pheasant Run Plaza, where Santa Claus arrived on a fire truck to a waiting crowd. The Watchung Hills High School Marching band helped to greet Santa and led him,escorted by the Washington Valley Fire Department, on a parade through the town center.
Music from the Watchung Hills Marching Band and carolers from Mt. Bethel Village, kept the mood lively.
One of Santa's elves, in a Warren Township Police car, stopped traffic for the parade to cross the streets to the delight of all who saw him.
Merchants served refreshments, Weichert Realtors hosted Santa and a 'Frozen' favorite, and children wrote letters to Santa, did some Arts and Crafts, and listened to Christmas storytelling by the library staff.
Coldwell Banker hosted Frosty the Snowman. A festive atmosphere, smiles all around and a true sense of community. It was a perfect start to the holiday season.
As one woman in the crowd said, "As old as I am, I love to see Santa come to town. I feel like a kid again."
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