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Santa Claus to speak at Depot Park, Nov. 27

RUTLAND - Attention, Rutland-area paparazzi and autograph hounds! Get ready for the arrival of a famous international personality at Depot Park on the evening of Friday, Nov. 27. What will all the celebrity glitter and hubbub be about? Well, the world's most famous elf, jolly old St. Nick, is expected to make his annual whistlestop visit to downtown Rutland. A spokesperson for the North Pole resident announced that the big elf wants to meet hundreds of local boys and girls and hear all about their Christmas wish lists.

The tradition of Santa making his way into Rutland to help kick off the holiday season begins at 6 p.m. when Santa arrives in style in Depot Park. Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras will join in officially welcoming Santa to the City of Rutland.

Santa and Mayor Louras will light the holiday tree. Wagon rides and carolers will add to the festive evening.

Once Santa has illuminated the holiday tree, he will head to Santa's Land at the Boys and Girls Club on Merchants Row. There he will visit children and listen to their holiday wishes. As children are lined up waiting for Santa, magician Jeffrey Jene will entertain them.

Downtown Rutland officials thanked John and Judy Crowley for donating the holiday tree, Trees Incorporated for cutting and setting the tree, and the City of Rutland and the Rutland Recreation Department.

Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting will kick off Downtown Rutland's HollyDays season of fun and events. There will a multitude of shopping opportunities throughout December in Downtown Rutland.

Sponsors of Downtown Rutland's HollyDays events include Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, the Rutland Herald, Price Chopper, KeyBank, VELCO, OMYA, Gus' Tobacco Shop, Vermont Country Store and Best Western.

For a detailed schedule of HollyDays events and other information, call 773-9380 or see rutlanddowntown.com.

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