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Santa visits set for upcounty towns

CHESTERTOWN - That jolly super-sized elf who annually spreads good cheer will be visiting two northern Warren County towns this Saturday, Dec. 11.

In Chestertown, Santa Claus will be hosted by the local Rotary Club. This hometown visit, arranged by the Rotarians, has been a beloved tradition for nearly 40 years. The event is to begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Town of Chester Municipal Center. Santa is expected to arrive at 10 a.m. on a fire truck.

In Warrensburg, Santa will be welcomed at noon by dozens of children gathered at the Warrensburg Firehouse on Elm St. The event includes hot chocolate and cookies and free photos with Santa, who annually hands out bags of candies as he listens to Christmas wishes. The visit has been sponsored for decades by the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. to the delight of local children.

In Chestertown, the event includes free photographs with Santa and refreshments for all as well as complimentary gifts for children. Hayrides are expected to be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Santa's visit , the Chester Library will be holding a Gingerbread House Workshop. During the sessions, set for 9:30 and 11 a.m., children can create their own gingerbread house - one savory structure per family, and materials are free. Simultaneously, a cookie-decorating workshop will be offered at the library by the Chester-Horicon Youth Commission.

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