Santa comes to Cranberry Township

December 1, 2012 by  

Cranberry Township got a jump on the holiday season this year when Santa Claus arrived on November 16 to light the Christmas tree at the Municipal Center.

The event is known as First Stop and it has been the official start to the holiday season in Cranberry Township for many years. It allows families to enjoy a holiday tradition together and was full of fun activities for children, such as making holiday bookmarks and writing letters to Santa. Children were also able to prepare a batch of Reindeer feed. CT, the crocodile mascot of Cranberry Water Park, was on hand to greet children, as was Mrs. Claus.

First Stop also featured activities for adults to enjoy, such as a holiday songs sung by the choir from Dutilh United Methodist Church. A gallery of Christmas Trees, each decorated by a different non-profit organization, was also available for viewing.

The highlight of the evening – at least for the kids – was when Santa Claus arrived. He was brought to the Municipal Center in an antique fire truck, specially decorated for the occasion. Santa told the assembled crowd that he was pleased to be able to make Cranberry Township his first stop. As residents counted down, Santa threw the switch to light up the Municipal tree.

Santa has several more dates scheduled in Cranberry Township that may be found advertised through flyer printing in the coming days. He will be dining with children young and old at a brunch on December 16, at the Cranberry Highland Golf Course. Children and their parents will also have a chance to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa on December 8 and 9 at the Municipal Center.