For a 22nd straight year, Holiday in the Depot provided a welcome opportunity Dec. 13 for folks in Washington and neighboring towns to share their communithy spirit.

Festivities kicked off with the lighting of the town Christmas tree at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

Students from Washington Montessori School lent a holiday feeling with their singing of Christmas carols.

Santa Claus soon arrived by hay wagon and immediately bonded with the children, many posing for keepsake photos.

Other offerings included caroling by troubadours from Gunnery School, the sale of Christmas ornaments by the Washington Volunteer Fire Department's auxiliary, a craft event by Gunn Memorial Library, goodies from the Animal Welfare Society and hayrides.

A tent with information on "Solarize Connecticut" was erected, at which people could learn about a new initiative for solar energy at discount prices to homeowners in Washington and Roxbury.

Some kids took the time to write letters to Santa Claus and mail them right from Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

Other activities were coordinated by the Washington Business Association and featured such venues as Washington Supply, Hickory Stick Book Shop, William Raveis Real Estate, Washington Supply and National Iron Bank.

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Photography by Walter Kidd