by Beth Stauffer

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Santa arrived in style on Friday night in downtown New Haven as is the custom on Fire Engine Number 42.  For the 2nd year in a row, Santa greeted the city’s youngest residents inside the historic train depot while more mature residents were free to tour the facility and sip a hot beverage while enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Over on Broadway, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce hosted a ‘Meet Me at 5’ event for the community at Peter Franklin Jewelers from 4 – 8 pm.  Inside the warm and toasty jewelry staple in the heart of New Haven, shoppers could be seen admiring all things shiny and bright in the festively decorated cases while outside the store families lined the sidewalk waiting for a turn to go for a free carriage ride.

At Ruhl Furniture, children could register to win a 26” bicycle all evening during the downtown Christmas Open House festivities.  Children in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade could also drop off their entries in a Snowman Scavenger Hunt at Ruhl Furniture throughout the evening to win a Family Prize Package.  Santa himself arrived late in the evening to hand select winners for both prizes from all the entries; at press time, the name of the winners was not available.

On Main Street, the friendly youth of the Power House helped to celebrate the season of Christmas by providing a place for children to paint a ceramic keepsake ornament and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cookie while warming up from the frosty evening.

Sponsors of Friday’s festivities included Bad Dad, Inc., Bulldog Pub, Dominos, Chamber of Commerce, City of New Haven, New Haven Depot, New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department, New Haven High School, New Haven Parks Department, Peter Franklin Jewelers,  Power House, Rockaway Carriage, Ruhl Furniture, TJ Ceramics, and Target.

 

If you have an event or story you’d like Beth to cover email her at newhavenbulletin@gmail.com. Beth also does photography for any event. New Haven Bulletin’s award winning writer… Beth Stauffer

POSTED: 12/07/13 at 8:46 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Schools