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Santa in town | Westport Column

Santa has been worrying whether he can fit down your chimney this year. He hasn’t exactly been on a diet, you know. So he wanted me to ask you to be sure to clean your chimney before he arrives. To reinforce this message, Santa will make an early appearance in town on Thursday, Dec. 5, to ride on a fire truck, hand out some candy canes, and light the tree on the Library Lawn.

Santa will mount up on his special fire truck (letting his reindeer save their strength for pulling his sleigh later) in Wadhams at 5 p.m. He plans to have a leisurely tour around the hamlet, and if he happens to spot a group of children it’s quite likely he might have some candy canes to share with them. He will then head over to Westport, where he’ll proceed up School (a.k.a. Sisco) Street and then down Main Street to the center of town. Again, if he happens to see any children along the way he may have a little something for them.

Santa plans to arrive at the Library Lawn by 6 p.m. or so (they don’t have a strong sense of time at the North Pole) where he will do the honors on the tree. Meanwhile, his elves will be dispensing hot chocolate and cookies to any good little children (or grownups) who happen to be there.

It’s a well known fact that hot chocolate and cookies do wonders to improve a person’s singing voice, and Santa would definitely enjoy a demonstration of that. In fact, he might be a little grumpy without it. And we want him in a good mood, especially since this is his busiest time of year.

For example, he’s probably way too busy to enter the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Photo and Caption Contest before the deadline of Saturday, Dec. 7, so your chances of winning one of the six prizes that will be awarded are better than ever. There are three categories—Hiking the Trails, Scenic and Nature, and Towns and Villages—and each one will have a $150 Judges First Place winner and a $100 People’s Choice winner. Visit the CATs web site for more info on how to enter at champlainareatrails.com.

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