GLOVERSVILLE - Under a light snowfall at the Four Corners, local residents and officials celebrated the annual tree lighting in the city Friday night.
Despite the cold weather, dozens of adults and children gathered for the ceremony. After the tree was lit, spectators flocked to the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce's building when Santa Claus appeared riding a city fire truck through the streets. Children packed into the building to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
Horse-drawn carriage rides were available, giving children a chance to ride on North Main Street.
Nicola DiGrazia, 5, of Gloversville touches Santa Claus’ beard inside the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce building in Gloversville during the annual tree lighting ceremony Friday.
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Gabrielle Rulison, with her children, Sydney and Wyatt, were waiting in line for the rides, even as the chilly wind blew.
"I think it's fantastic. It's nice to see the community come together and enjoy the festivities," she said. "Even with the cold. If you can't deal with the cold, move south."
The ceremony was a first for Bryon Flood, who owns Advanced Carpet?Cleaning in the city.
"This is the first year I've heard of it," he said.
Flood's daughter, Madison, was part of the Girl Scout troop who sang some carols on the stairs of the chamber.
Mayor Dayton King spoke to the crowd about how much work went into the event. He thanked several organizations, including the Downtown Gloversville Business Improvement?District and the city's fire department.