Hundreds of Greater New Milford residents braved a chilling drizzle recently to enjoy the Commission on the Arts' annual Carol Sing on the Village Green in New Milford.

Just 24 hours after a solemn vigil had been held at the bandstand to memorialize the victims of the tragic shooting in Newtown, spirits were elevated at the same site Dec. 17 by the singing of Christmas carols and other popular holiday favorites, and by an appearance by Santa Claus.

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Photography by Trish Haldin