Hudson — Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive downtown on the back of a fire truck Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcome visitors on the Gazebo.
The Rotary Club of Hudson has sponsored Santa on the Green every year for the past 12 years, said member Jimmy Sutphin.
But the tradition of visiting Santa has been going on for at least 30 years, he said. The Women’s League for Service sponsored the event before the Rotary Club of Hudson took over.
“I think if we didn’t have it, a lot of people would be disappointed,” Sutphin said. “Adults say they stood in line to see Santa and now bring their kids.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the back of the Hudson fire truck that Saturday with sirens blaring as they come down Aurora Street onto East Main Street and past Town Hall, Sutphin said.
“It’s such a wonderful tradition, we’d hate to see it discontinue,” Sutphin said. “We want to keep it going.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus will take their seats on the Gazebo, which will be decorated with a Christmas tree and lights.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., families can take a number for their turn to visit with Santa and avoid waiting in line in the cold. Santa’s helpers will announce the number of Santa’s next visitor on a chalk board.
Santa can see about 20 families per hour, with about 120 families for the six-hour day, Sutphin said.
Santa will collect letters, and parents can take photographs.
Children also will receive a candy cane from the Rotary Club and hot chocolate donated by Hudson’s Restaurant on the Green.
In the past Santa has had some unusual visitors such as a bride and bridegroom. Others have made some unusual requests.
Sutphin said one little boy gave his pacifier to Mrs. Claus and said he was quitting. His mother quietly asked for it back in case he changed his mind.
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