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Fulton Gets Festive at 12th Annual Tree Lighting

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus visit the city of Fulton at the 12th annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

FULTON, NY – The city of Fulton got into the Christmas spirit during its annual tree lighting jubilee on December 3.

The Christmas Tree lit across the street from the Fulton Municipal Building.
The Christmas Tree lit across the street from the Fulton Municipal Building.

Held at the city municipal building both inside and outside, as well as at the Public Library, a crowd of considerable size showed up to partake in the festivities.

In its 12th year, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Barry Ostrander said the event had an excellent turnout this year.

“This is probably the biggest one yet. We’ve had good turnouts in the past but this appears to be the biggest,” said Ostrander.

The jubilee provided a number of activities for those in attendance kicking off with the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at 5:30 p.m. and continuing through 8 p.m. with many other activities.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus visit the city of Fulton at the 12th annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus visit the city of Fulton at the 12th annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

The line for Santa filed all the way around the community room of the municipal building, down the hallway and out the door as the children waited anxiously to sit with Santa and Mrs. Clause and leave with a copy of their picture and a toy.

A similar line developed across the street for children and families waiting to pick out a donut, hot chocolate and some popcorn.

Donuts, hot chocolate and popcorn were provided for free to the guests of Fulton's 12th annual Tree Lighting Jubilee.
Donuts, hot chocolate and popcorn were provided for free to the guests of Fulton’s 12th annual Tree Lighting Jubilee.

Down the street at the Fulton Public Library, kids were able to do Christmas arts and crafts at Santa’s workshop and later in the evening seasonal musical performances took place back in the municipal building.

All of these events were free to the public from the many numerous sponsors of the local community including Fulton Savings Bank, Fulton Athletic Boosters, Fulton Public Library, Burke’s, Mimi’s Drive In, Realty USA, YMCA, CYO, Fulton Alliance Church, Girl Scout Troop #10101, Wal-Mart, Gex-Pro Lighting and Dunkin Donuts.

“It’s a great collaboration among our local business community. But it’s really our business community, religious community and our city all coming together for one common theme,” said Ostrander.

Christmas characters of snowmen, reindeer and elves were present at the Fulton Christmas jubilee.
Christmas characters of snowmen, reindeer and elves were present at the Fulton Christmas jubilee.

With such a large response from the community, the smiles were endless and the Christmas spirit was bustling down the street.

“It was really a nice event,” said one parent in attendance, Rebecca Wolford. “It was nice to have the opportunity to let my son see Santa and even though he’s too young to fully appreciate all the extras like the Christmas characters and all the free activities, it’s still great to have this right here in our city.”

Great-granddaughter of Ronald Woodward, Mayor of Fulton, Madisyn Woodward sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Great-granddaughter of Ronald Woodward, Mayor of Fulton, Madisyn Woodward, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Now after its 12th year as tradition, the tree has been lit and will continue to bring Christmas spirit to the city of Fulton for yet another year.

“This is truly a community event and it has served its purpose: to bring our community together for Christmas,” said Ostrander.

Youngsters Elizabeth Shatrau (left) and Aiden Kingsley (right) with his mother, Rebecca Wolford, are less sure of Santa and Mrs. Claus but enjoyed their picture and toy.
Youngsters Elizabeth Shatrau (left) and Aiden Kingsley (right) with his mother, Rebecca Wolford, are less sure of Santa and Mrs. Claus but enjoyed their picture and toy.
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