They were rockin’ and singin’ around the Christmas Tree when Bethel Park welcomed Santa Claus on Nov. 27 during its annual Light-up Night at the community center.

Children of all ages helped Mayor Jack Allen count down the seconds until the tree officially was lit and Santa arrived. He was serenaded by the Independence Middle School singers, directed by Jay McDowell, while the Bethel Park High School jazz ensemble, directed by Chad Thompson, provided the swing.

While children waited to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, they prepared treats for his reindeer. The magic food when sprinkled on the lawn will sparkle bright at night because of the moon and help to guide the jolly old elf. Stations were also set up for the children to make antlers to adorn their heads. Plenty of cookies and hot cocoa enabled them to have visions of sugar plums dancing in their dreams until the big day arrives Dec. 25.

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An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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