Santa comes to town

“It’s all about how he’s going to come in — that’s the surprise,” says Lynn Sehwerert, a member of the Christmas Eve Program Committee that organizes Santa’s annual arrival in Woodstock by whatever unorthodox means they can come up with.

When the tradition began, over 70 years ago, the vehicles were simple, if sometimes startling: a horse-drawn sleigh, a fire truck, an elephant, a camel. As technology expanded, so did creativity, leading to such devices as a hot-air balloon, a spaceship, a giant candy cane, a giant dove, a gingerbread house on wheels, a flying . . .

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