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Santa's arrival, tree lighting in Depot Park

The tradition of Santa making his way into Rutland to help kick off the holiday season continues with Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 3.

The excitement begins at 6 p.m. where Santa arrives in style in Depot Park. Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras will join in Santa's arrival. Prior to Santa's arrival there will be carols, hot chocolate and the announcing of the winners of the 2010 downtown holiday lights contest.

A lucky child will assist Santa and Mayor Louras to light the holiday tree. The Green Mountain Boys barbershop quartet will sing carols to add to the festive evening.

Once the holiday tree is lit, Santa will head to the

Paramount Theatre on Center Street. Everyone will get the opportunity to watch on the big screen the holiday movies Charlie Brown's Christmas and Mickey's Christmas Carol. Children can visit with Santa in the Brick Box and share their holiday wishes. Each child will receive a Vermont made cookie cutter courtesy of Ann Clark Ltd. Bring a camera to capture the special moment.

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

For a detailed schedule of downtown holiday events and other information, call 802-773-9380 or visit www.rutlanddowntown.com.

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