JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – The Mohegan Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s “Candy Cane Run” is the latest community event to change with the times.

Instead of driving around district neighborhoods to hand out candy canes, the firefighters invited the community to the Jefferson Valley Mall parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 12, for a free Winter Wonderland Car Parade.

The event allowed families to drive up to the firefighters, who handed candy canes to the children. At the end of the parade, which included some fire trucks and costumed characters, families were greeted by Santa Claus.

Ashley Witkiewicz, COO of Valley Pediatric Dentistry, and Melissa Dechent sponsored the event together. Their grandfather, Russell Seaboldt Sr., was a former fire chief who often played Santa at similar community events.