Santa Arrives Early to Help Light Tree

Tree lighting is an annual event sponsored by the village of Cold Spring

By Michael Mell

Sub-freezing temperatures did not keep nearly 100 parents and kids from greeting Santa as he came to help light the Cold Spring Christmas tree last night (Dec. 3.) Absent his sleigh and reindeer, Santa arrived in customary Cold Spring fashion – – on a fire boat. This incongruity, however, did not deter the children from swamping Santa as he dismounted his “sleigh”the bandstand where he posed for pictures.

The tree lighting is an annual event sponsored by the village of Cold Spring. They are assisted by the Cold Spring Fire Department, who provide hot chocolate, cookies and elves, as well as Santa’s transportation. Mayor Seth Gallagher and trustee Bruce Campbell were on the bandstand to help “throw the switch.” Trustee Ralph Falloon, carrying his young son in his arms, moved among the throngs of children. Trustee Charles Hustis made his entrance, wearing a handsome set of reindeer antlers, accompanying Santa. The beautiful tree was donated by the Cold Spring Antique Dealers Association. The Association is no stranger to “merchant philanthropy” and frequently donates time and materials to village events. David Cooke, president of the Association, said he was“happy to give back” to the village. When Santa arrived, David’s smile was as big as any of the kids.

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