Hundreds Greet Santa on Bedford Common after Walkabout and Laser Show

Santa visited Bedford on Saturday, and Santa Jr. visited Santa - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved
Santa visited Bedford on Saturday, and Santa Jr. visited Santa – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

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Citizen of the Year Peter Grey and his wife Kathy wth Recreation Director Amy Hamilton, just before the switch was flipped.
Citizen of the Year Peter Grey and his wife Kathy wth Recreation Director Amy Hamilton, just before the switch was flipped.

Bedford’s inaugural Walkabout and Tree Lighting, the combined effort of several Town Departments and the Chamber of Commerce, came off without a hitch late on Saturday afternoon.

The holiday fete began with a nearly standing-room-only laser light show in the Bedford High School Auditorium. After the performance, families enjoyed the afternoon’s mild weather as they walked to Bedford Common.

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Live music entertained the crowd on the Common until Citizen of the Year Peter Grey flipped a switch that illuminated thousands of twinkling white lights in the trees.

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The trees are lighted – image (c) Nancy Barnes, 2015 all rights reserved

Santa arrived soon after the lights went on, arriving on Elm Street atop Ladder One, the town’s newest fire apparatus.  With a wave and a hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho!” Santa strode into the throng of families and children who had gathered for a quick visit with the jolly fellow.

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Santa-arrivesThroughout the event, Chamber of Commerce members along Great Road hospitably opened their doors, or set up on the sidewalk to offer snacks. Businesses with locations further afield gathered in the Great Room of Old Town Hall where Red Heat Tavern served chili and cider, and a variety of businesses introduced their wares.

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