Huntington holiday event attracts families — and Santa

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Kate Pierpont and her 3-year-old daughter Alice, above, wait in excitement for the Christmas tree on the Huntington Green in Shelton to be lit. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

“It’s a nice tradition, especially when you have kids,” said Kate Pierpont, who lives in Shelton. “I’m a lifelong resident, so that makes it extra special.”

Maria Deaguila, right, owner of Auntie’s Cafe, and her sister Annette Halko provide free hot cocoa and muffins to people at the Huntington Green tree-lighting. Auntie’s Cafe in Huntington Center specializes in breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks and baked goods.

Maria Deaguila, right, owner of Auntie’s Cafe, and her sister Annette Halko provide free hot cocoa and muffins to people at the Huntington Green tree-lighting. Auntie’s Cafe in Huntington Center specializes in breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks and baked goods.

The tree is inside the gazebo on the Huntington Green and covered with multicolored lights. The event included a visit from Santa, the singing of Christmas carols, and short presentations from Mayor Mark Lauretti and event organizer Roger J. Spinelli.

Many local businesses played a role in the ceremony.

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A youngster runs toward Santa Claus at the Huntington Green tree-lighting ceremony.

The decorated tree on the Huntington Green is inside the gazebo.

The decorated tree on the Huntington Green is inside the gazebo.

 

 

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