IRVINGTON, N.Y. Santa made his first appearance in Irvington on Saturday, riding on a fire truck driving through the village with its sirens blaring.
The big guy in red waved to residents from his perch while they participated in Irvington's holiday celebration kickoff.
Kids and parents walked to Main Street School, where the PTSA held its annual winter festival. One of the PTSA's parent volunteers, Debra Goodwin, stood at the entrance of the cafeteria to welcome people to the gingerbread-making room.
The tables are a little messy, she said to one family as they presented their ticket. Another parent asked where they could clean up. Goodwin directed them to the nearest bathroom before taking another ticket from a kid.
Some of the people have reserved a gingerbread house, she said noting that the school sent out reservation forms earlier. Other people just get a gingerbread house when they get here.
Goodwin said the PTSA coordinates with the Irvington Chamber of Commerce to hold the winter festival at the same time as the Holiday Happenings celebration. In addition to gingerbread-making and a book fair, several high school clubs and the Girl Scouts were fundraising for their organizations.
Goodwin said the PTSA was raising money to go to some of the Irvington families in need.
Main Street School wasn't the only place where the holiday celebrations were taking place. The Irvington Senior Center hosted a senior craft and bake sale. Sidewalk vendors tried to raise money and sell their wares for people walking to different events.
The village also held its holiday tree and decoration lighting ceremony at the Recreation Center.
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