Delivered on a big red fire truck, the guest of honor at Friday night’s Watertown Square Tree Lighting Ceremony was swarmed by his many fans.
The annual event on the Delta in Watertown Square drew a big crowd once again. Before Santa Claus arrived, children got a chance to say hi to Frosty the Snowman, and enjoy some cookies, hot cocoa and cider.
Town Councilor Anthony Donato, who is also a Rotary Club member, greeted everyone, and remembered longtime community leader and supporter of the event, Paul Airasian, who passed away in September. He also thanked the veterans on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.
Santa Claus said it was almost as cold Friday night as it is in the North Pole. Then he led the count down to the big moment: three, two, one — and the entire Delta burst into color from the lights on the tree donated by Russo’s, along with those on the trees in the delta.
Afterward, people were invited to get out of the cold and enjoy some more refreshments at Watertown Savings Bank.
Music was provided by Dan McCarthy of DM Productions and food and drink was provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and Stop & Shop. The event was co-sponsored by the Town of Watertown, Watertown Savings Bank, and the Rotary Club of Watertown.