John Scarffe, Nederland. Santa and Mrs. Claus rode up to Town Hall in the Town’s new snow plow, lights blinking, amidst children singing Christmas carols and holiday lights blazing. The couple appeared during the Town’s annual Holiday Lighting festival on Friday night, December 1, beginning at 5 p.m.
The festivities started with Doug Armitage of Brightwood Music and Jon Ridnell playing guitars and leading a group of children in Christmas carols as the sun set and darkness settled over the front lawn of Town Hall. Cider and refreshments were available inside, and the lawn was filled with folks singing and milling about.
Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen then announced that it was dark out there. He asked that the Holiday Lights be turned on and started the countdown: “Five, four, three, two, one!” Simultaneously, lights on Town Hall, at the Visitor Center, and on the covered bridge lit the center of town.
As the carols continued, an extremely large, brightly lit vehicle – the Town’s new glittering snow plow truck, pulled into the lot and in front of Town Hall, it honked its horn and out crawled Santa Claus, stepping carefully down the high step before being surrounded by children.
Santa worked his way through the crowd to the hall, where he was joined by Mrs. Claus. Santa ran into Town Hall, grabbed cookies for him and his wife, and then they made their way through the crowd and back into the night.
Those in attendance at the event continued to enjoy the refreshments, music and good company. Town administrator Karen Gerrity said that nearly 75 people attended the event.
(Originally published in the December 7, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)