Pelham holiday tree lit Saturday with songs, cookies, singing and Santa

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In Pelham, the holidays are merry and bright. In the downtown, there are festive lights on every store, shiny wreaths and twinkly snowflakes on the lamp posts. But the main event every year is the Pelham holiday tree lighting.

The Daronco Town House was bustling with people on Saturday night. Pelhamites enjoyed cookies, face painting with Kristen and a special choir performance by The Larks. Santa was the main event inside, though balloon artist Bauldy was spectacular. He made everything from Christmas trees to mermaids, and he even twisted balloons into Olaf from the Frozen films. Kids could take their picture with the Frozen characters and Santa.

Outside, the people of Pelham gathered outside for the annual tree lighting that has been going on for more than 20 years. Everyone joined in on the countdown and there was wild applause once the tree was glowing. The Larks sang festive songs like “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and “Sevivon,” a popular Hanukkah song.

Our town’s youngest residents told Santa and the Frozen characters what they wanted for the holidays, and it seems like Santa’s elves will be quite busy this year.

Sloane, a first grader at Prospect Hill School, said she wanted L.O.L dolls. Next, Georgia and Frankie, sisters from Prospect Hill, asked for candy and books. Also at his workshop, Santa will be making an abundance of slime and kinetic sand for sisters Lily and Chelsea.

Matty, a first grader at Siwanoy School, requested the popular Nintendo Switch. Jacob, who is in first grade at Colonial School, wanted the most special gift of all: “Love.”

The Frozen characters and Santa also had their own requests. Olaf said he wants to spend time with his friends, and Elsa asked for a music box. Santa hoped everyone will be happy.