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 and chorus 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 chorus kept the mood lively and Santa's elves, in Warren Township Police cars, stopped traffic for the parade to cross the streets.
Take Flight dance students performed "Hot Chocolate" from Polar Express among other dances and Coldwell Banker hosted Frosty the Snowman and Santa. A festive atmosphere, smiles all around and a true sense of community. It was a perfect start to the holiday season.
"Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Annual Holiday Walk! " the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce posted on their Facebook page. "It was a great success and fun experience for the entire community! Special thanks to the WHRHS Marching Band and Choir, Take Flight Dance Troop, the fire and police department, Weichert Realtors, Coldwell Banker and all of our wonderful sponsors, vendors, and volunteers! We wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday! #holidaywalk2016 #Community #staywarm #spreadingthejoy"
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."