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Millbrook welcomes Santa

MILLBROOK — The holiday season kicked off in the town of Washington and the village of Millbrook with the Franklin Avenue tree lighting and a visit from Santa on Dec. 2. Around 500 people gathered at the bottom of Franklin Avenue in front of the Tribute Gardens for a tradition that’s more than 50 years old. The Millbrook Fire Department held a parade and drove trucks decorated in Christmas lights down Franklin Avenue. Santa made his entrance at the end of the parade. Santa’s appearance signaled the lighting of the tree ceremony, which was followed by hayrides through the village to see the decorated streets. The Millbrook Business Association decorated the trees throughout the village, creating a festive atmosphere. Families then gathered at the Millbrook firehouse to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread. Children sat on Santa’s lap and received a book, while the fire department’s Women’s Auxiliary served doughnuts and hot cocoa. The town of Washington Recreation Commission organized Santa’s visit. Recreation Director Warren McMillan said that this year’s ceremony had the largest turnout he has seen during his 17 years with the commission.The village will remain dressed for the holidays throughout the season.

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