FAIRFIELD - Despite being held indoors for the fourth straight year, more than 300 locals were more than happy to squeeze into the Fairfield Municipal Building for the annual Tree Lighting/pre-Christmas celebration on Friday night.

This year's event was held indoors due to continuing construction work on the new building at the township's rec complex, while the holiday hoopla was forced indoors in 2012, 13 and 14 by inclement weather.

Leading the list of local luminaries at the 2015 shindig were the annual honorary holiday king and queen, who were four-year-olds Luke DeMarco and Julia Conforti this time around, along with the mayor and council members, who never sounded better than when they were helping members of the Busy Hands Singers perform a pair of holiday songs: “Rudolph...” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

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And, indeed, to cap off the fun gathering, through the efforts of Rec Director Tony Pompei and assistant Barbara Luzzi, Santa did stop by and take time to pose for photos with many of his young fans.

“We just love doing this every year, there's just nothing better than sharing holiday time with family and friends,” said Pompei of the Fairfield Holiday Celebration, a tradition for more than three decades.

All photos taken by W. L. BILL ALLEN, JR.