story & photos
by John Stratton
The village of Niantic was bustling with hundreds of bundled-up moms, dads, grandparents and kids of all ages for the Ninth Annual Holiday Stroll sponsored by Niantic Main Street. The family-friendly favorite was on the nippy Saturday evening of November 24.
Activities included horse-drawn carriage rides around the village, carols by the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, letter writing to Santa, complimentary hot cider and cocoa, kids games on the Liberty Green with DJ WJR, a snowflake drop of gift certificates, and—finally—the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa on a vintage firetruck after First Selectman Paul Formica led an enthusiastic pack of kids who counted down for the tree lighting.