Fog Didn't Stop Santa Finding Belmont for 'Turn on the Town' Celebration

It's official: the Christmas holiday has arrived in Belmont on top of a fire truck.

It was just as warm in Belmont as it was in Los Angeles (48 degrees) Thursday evening, Dec. 5, causing a thin blanket of fog to arise but that did not prevent Santa from arriving on time (with the help of the Belmont Fire Department) to the 23rd annual "Turn on the Town" celebrations in Belmont Center.

The jolly fat man came to the celebration onto of a BFD Engine with its lights flashing to the delight of many of the smaller residents. After being assisted ever so gingerly down from his perch, Ol' St. Nick lit the tree with the assistance of Belmont Light and then became a passenger on a carriage to Belmont Savings Bank where he met A LOT of children who received a photo with the biggest resident of the North Pole.

"Everyone has been especially good this year," reported Claus between greeting Belmont's youngest residents.

The annual event is sponsored by the Belmont Center Business Association that also runs the yearly Town Day celebration in May. There was singing from the Powers School and Belmont High's Madrigals, a petting zoo with two very off-put lamas and goats galore, free treats and a chance for preteens and tweens to run around the center on a school night.

And it would be the holidays without snow that surprisingly was only coming down along one spot at the Belmont Savings Bank garage. And despite these flakes tasting a bit like soap, many children and parents enjoyed the spectacle. 
Mary T December 06, 2013 at 06:50 AM
A fun evening of holiday chaos. Loved the snow and hot chocolate. Could have done without the Tweens running amuck but hey I'm getting old. But my teen daughter enjoyed finally getting into the pricey boutiques except for some who didn't catch the spirit and stay open...can't afford to buy there but fun to look.
Adriana Poole December 06, 2013 at 08:31 AM
I loved this article, Franklin. Very funny too. I especially enjoyed the part about the "off-put lamas" and the "snow that surprisingly was only coming down along one spot at the Belmont Savings Bank garage." I had a good laugh this morning, thanks! I wasn't there but my teenage daughter was, this year for the first time as a volunteer. It's nice to see them grow and start giving back to the community, enjoying it too. Merry Christmas!


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