BETHEL, Conn. – Bethel residents gathered recently for a full day of festivities with a small-town feel to enjoy the Christmas season.
A horse-drawn carriage trotted down Greenwood Avenue, taking kids for rides as they sang along to Christmas tunes in an event sponsored by Union Savings Bank.
Bethel United Methodist Church served up its Gingerbread Festival, while local restaurants and Boy Scout Troops dished up bowls of soup. At Bethel Arts Gallery, kids and adults made ornaments and sang carols while shopping. Kids roasted marshmallows and warmed up by the fire in P.T. Barnum Square.
As darkness fell, the town's Christmas tree was officially lit as the Bethel High School Choir sang Christmas carols. Afterward, you could hear the echo of “ho ho ho!” as Santa Claus arrived on a vintage firetruck. He took a seat of honor on a rocking chair in front of the Christmas tree and gave out candy canes and listened to kids' wish lists.
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