Santa Claus made it one of his final stops in the New Milford village center before returning last week to the North Pole for last-minute, pre-Christmas preparations.

So did hundreds of Greater New Milford-area residents arrive Dec. 19 at the Village Green in downtown New Milford for the popular Holiday on the Green.

Enjoying its traditional Sunday-before-Christmas timing, the event featured the visit from Santa Claus, including photo opportunities and bonding with his elves. Many jumped on the chance to take a horse-drawn hayride around the Village Green.

While they waited their turn, patrons warmed themselves against winter's chill with hot chocolate and the kids enjoyed tasty candy canes.

The event is co-sponsored by Prudential Adams & Associates Realtors and Housatonic Valley Insurance.