Dancers danced, the chorus sang, and the tree lights snapped on, but all of that was just the warm-up.
It was the person who emerged from a Christmas red fire engine that made kids shriek and parents smile ear to ear.
With flashing bands of red lights bathing his already-red suit, and sirens sounding, Santa, full of the beard and the belly, stepped out of a fire truck at
"Ho, ho, ho," Santa boomed, as he shook hands with children eagerly angling their fists through the wrought iron gate to clasp the Kringle. They were so excited they couldn't wait for Santa to walk down the path to the entrance. They had to touch him - now!
But make his way around he did, waving and ho-hoing, up to the stage at Community Park.
And then Santa danced, jigged and shimmied, with his belly shaking, like a bowl full of jelly.
Not to be outdone by The Man of the Hour, Rudolph, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman kicked and cavorted, between high-fiving and hugging their littlest fans.
And when they were done dancing and bell ringing, Santa took a seat to do what he does best.
The children lined up, fidgeting, as they waited for their turn to sit on the world's most famous lap.
After having their pictures taken with Santa, a few kids said they didn't know what they wanted for Christmas.
No such indecision for Julia Harrison, 6, of Point Borough, who answered quickly when she was asked.
"An ITouch," she blurted out.
Her brother, Zach, 3, after giving the weighty matter careful consideration, said, "Roller skates."
Their parents, Kerri and Sam Harrison, were just happy to take pictures of their kids with Santa a few blocks away from home.
The planned and pulled off the annual Mayor's Tree Lighting event, complete with goody bags for the kids who sat on Santa's lap, just as they have been doing for many years.
Mayor William Schroeder, donned in the requisite Santa hat, welcomed one and all and introduced Santa, just as the fire engine came tearing down the street.
The Fifth Grade Chorus (who are shown in the opening of the attached video) and students from Miss Maryann's School of Dance entertained residents before Santa came on the scene.
The shot and sponsored the photos of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Parents were also able to take their own pictures.
And, last but definitely not least, the supplied the wheels and the driver and crew to get Santa on scene safely and with all the bells and whistles.