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Santa Arrives in New Canaan with Annual Holiday Stroll

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to New Canaan!

Just in time for the holidays, get ready for the best followup to Thanksgiving there is, the New Canaan Holiday Stroll, the free annual event coming to the village on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. and running through Saturday until 4 p.m.

"You don’t have to be Hansel or Gretel to appreciate the creativity and enthusiasm that our young people exhibit each year when building and decorating their own gingerbread houses,” said Tucker Murphy, executive director of the Chamber. “This is a wonderful tradition that our ancestors brought with them to the New World. Keeping it alive is one of the more enjoyable rites of the holiday season.”

Friday evening will feature the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will light the trees lining New Canaan's shopping district. Elm Street is closed to traffic so that New Canaan residents of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy festivities like singing Christmas carols or enjoying performances by the Saxe Saxaphones, Students of the Studio, Performing Arts Conservatory, The New Canaan Dance Academy and the Magical Music Singers.

A cast of talented New Canaan children and kids from surrounding towns will perform the originally-written 2 Little Snowflakes, based off the Christmas poem inspired by the importance of treasuring friendships following 9/11. Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and Rudolph will also be roaming around downtown New Canaan spreading cheer. Holiday beverages will be made available by local merchants so everyone can warm up and surprises will be scattered around Main and Forest streets.

Santa will be available for photos Saturday at Ralph Lauren Kids, a magician will be dazzling visitors at Bankwell, the Norwalk Symphony Brass Ensemble will bring live music to the streets, and an ice sculptor will be on hand in front of L'Armoire to create characters from single blocks of ice.

Be sure to check out the Ginger Bread House Tour, sponsored by Halstead Properties. The houses will be on display in store windows throughout town during the month of December.

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