A serenade for Santa
An enthusiastic crowd welcomes the holidays at Goshen tree lighting


The Goshen Girl Scouts entertained the crowd with Christmas carols, aided by Emma Jorgensen, who sang the National Anthem to lead off the ceremony. (Photo by Geri Corey)

By Geri Corey
GOSHEN — The misty air and threat of rain didn’t dampen spirits at this year’s tree-lighting ceremony on Goshen's village green.
The event, which took place on Sunday, Dec. 2, had been postponed from Saturday because of forecasted rain.
Families came, many sipping the hot chocolate available on-site while waiting eagerly for a very special arrival. Santa appeared riding in a full-sized, bright red fire engine. The event was so momentous, he was preceded by another fire engine that announced his arrival with wailing sirens and flashing lights.
The sounds of joy from young boys and girls greeted Santa as he emerged. The children walked with him to the park, where the festivities were held.
Girl Scouts from different troops in Goshen serenaded Santa and the audience with Christmas carols. They rounded out their selections ranging from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to “Joy to the World.”
Ken Tschan, founder of Cornerstone Theatre Arts, delivered an eloquent rendition of “The Night Before Christmas" as Santa, by his side, nodded and gestured along to all the action verses.
Afterward, Santa bent down to talk with some of the children. Their parents were happy for the photo opportunity.
Then, as dusk fell, came another highlight: the illumination of Goshen's huge tree, to the “oohs” and “ahs” of the onlookers, who came to enjoy the official start of the holiday season.