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Sorrento hosts annual Christmas Celebration

Halen Doughty
Town officials pose with Santa at the Town of Sorrento annual Christmas Tree lighting.

The Town of Sorrento got in the holiday spirit at the fifth annual Christmas Celebration. Santa rode in on a firetruck and took pictures with all the children who came out for the festivities. The kids even received an early Christmas gift from ole St. Nick himself.

Mayor Mike Lambert said the celebration was packed to capacity. Town Clerk Paige Robert added close to 500 people turned out, and more than 200 gifts were handed out to children. Robert noted the event gets bigger and better every year. She said it began as a small gathering in a church parking lot and has now grown into the huge celebration it is today.

The Christmas Celebration would not be possible without the contributions from local businesses. The Jambalaya Festival Association provided jambalaya for the event, and Coca Cola offered up their products and a serving trailer for the night. Hot chocolate was also served, along with gingerbread cookies. Shell gave away small toys and candy to the kids. The Cabin made monetary donations, and 61 Jump Street donated the chair that Santa sat in. Because of the generous donations from local businesses, everything was free for attendees.

Face painting and crafts were also available to the children. Kids got the chance to create their own Christmas tree ornament from pine cones, or they could decorate an ornament with glitter and paint. Center Stage performed Christmas songs all night long. But of course the main event was the lighting of the 22-foot tall Christmas tree. Mayor Lambert and Santa lit up the tree to kick of the celebration.

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