Santa Visits Over 150 Charlestown Residents

And thanks the town for a royal welcome on a chilly Friday night!

Santa poses with his elves after he finishes visiting with the children and their parents. He is holding his gently used copy of Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom” and encourages everyone make time for some reading during the holidays. His favorite quotation from this book is “To make peace with an enemy one must work with that enemy, and that enemy becomes one’s partner.”

Arriving by fire engine, Santa climbed the hill in front of Town Hall to thank the Chariho Middle School Chorus for their performance of holiday music and to assist with the lighting of the Christmas tree.  Under the guidance of the Chairho High and Middle School Choral Director, Ms. Lynn Dowding, the chorus brought joy to the hearts of those waiting for Santa.  With Parks and Rec Director Jay Primiano, who had just finished reading “The Night Before Christmas,” Santa led the enthusiastic countdown for the lighting of the tree.  Once the tree lit up, the group hurried inside, and those waiting in line for their individual visit on Santa’s lap worked on crafts set up by Boy Scout Troop 15 and enjoyed an assortment of holiday goodies.  Santa’s elves distributed candy canes and engaged those children in line with their festive costumes and antics.  Thank you to Parks and Rec’s Vicky Hilton and her band of volunteers for bringing joy to our children on a dark, winter’s night.