The village of Washington Depot and environs shone with full holiday splendor last Friday with the arrival of 21st annual Holiday in the Depot.

Festivities opened with the lighting of the town's Christmas tree at Bryan Memorial Town Hall, accompanied by caroling by students from Washington Montessori School.

Santa Claus arrived soon thereafter aboard a haywagon and spent the next couple of hours socializing with the children and posing for photos.

Other highlights included caroling by troubadours from Gunnery School, cookies and cocoa by the Girl Scouts, the sale of Christmas ornaments by the Washington Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary, children's crafts by Gunn Memorial Library, face painting by Shepaug Valley High School graduate Gina DeMeo and hayrides.

The sale of gift items and a raffle for a wreath and poinsettia were offered at the senior center.

Letters to Santa were mailed by many youngsters at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

The Washington Primary School PTO sold baked goods in front of town hall.

Other activities throughout the village center also helped keep the hundreds of patrons busy and having a great time.

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