Santa, that legendary, gleeful bearer of Christmas gifts, will be taking a tour of New Hope and Lambertville on Sunday, Dec. 16.
On the New Jersey side of the river, Kris Kringle will appear about the city from 1 to 3 p.m. riding on an emergency response vehicle provided by City of Lambertville Fire District #1. The portly yuletide icon will make his way from the firehouse to Cherry Street, down Union Street to Mt. Hope Street, then north on Main Street to the firehouse again for a quick break. At around 2 p.m., he will proceed up “Squad Hill,” then down Route 179 to the Cottage Hill area (2:30 p.m.), and back to the firehouse.
Apparently, “elves,” or some other type of miniature, elusive humanoid figures with pointed ears and capricious natures, will bring candy canes for those in attendance, and there will even be “snow,” according to a source familiar with preternatural beings associated with Western midwinter events.
In New Hope, Saint Nicholas on Sunday likewise will be borne on an automotive vehicle equipped with firefighting apparatus, courtesy of New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company. His appearance downtown is expected around sunset, following drive-throughs in Fieldstone, Wilshire, Breckinridge, North Pointe, Kingswoods, and Riverwoods beginning around 2 p.m., weather permitting. Father Christmas will be gorging himself in preparation for his grueling schedule at a breakfast open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon at the fire house.
Santa is alleged to be a portly, ebullient, bespectacled white male, with white facial hair, and wearing a red coat trimmed in white fur. Those with knowledge of his whereabouts say he is expected in the near future to deliver, via an airborne sleigh powered by a flying species of caribou, gifts for children he has discerned to be well-behaved, and combustible lumps of carbonized plant matter for those minors deemed to have conducted themselves in a manner unacceptable to others throughout the previous 12-month period.
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