Santa arrives with great fanfare in Milford

Terry RogersCulture, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

Elves marched along Walnut Street early Saturday morning, heading to the Santa House in anticipation of the arrival of Santa. Cheering as each car went by, the elves brought added magic to downtown Milford, led by Jingles the Elf. The Milford Community Band joined the celebration, playing Christmas classics as a crowd gathered.

“Santa is coming! Santa is coming!” Jingles proclaimed loudly, causing an uproar in the crowd as sirens could be heard in the distance. The elves broke into a rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” with much of the crowd joining in.

Children and parents lined the street in front of the Santa house, waiting to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. A Barbie camper and an Elsa microphone were at the top of the list for two little girls waiting to whisper their wishes in Santa’s ear, while boys requested trucks, BB guns and sporting equipment.

At around 11:15 AM, Carlisle Fire Company turned from Northwest Front Street onto North Walnut Street, sirens blaring as they led Santa to his home for the next few weeks. Perched atop Engine #1, the antique fire engine owned by Carlisle and driven by Lester Guyer, Santa waved at the many people standing along the street. Once the engine reached the Santa House, Jingles was there to help Santa step down and head into his house to begin accepting those Christmas wishes.

For most of the morning, the line to get into see Santa stretched along Walnut Street for several blocks. This was just the first day that Santa would be available for wishes this holiday season. Santa will be accepting visitors from 5 to 8 PM Friday and Saturday as well as 11 Am to 2 PM on Sunday. He will return to the North Pole on December 23. The Santa House is managed by Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI).

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