The holiday season in Parsippany is officially underway. The milestone occurred Sunday with the arrival of the one and only Santa Claus to the Municipal Building for the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The Parsippany High School choir sang songs of the season. Mayor James Barberio wished all in attendance a Christmas filled with joy and peace. Barberio's wife, Brenda, presented the annual reading of the classic "The Night Before Christmas." And then, Santa arrived, riding a Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Association - District 6 hook and ladder.
The mayor and Santa looked on as the township Christmas tree filled with dazzling lights of multiple hues. The jolly old elf then heard every child's Christmas wishes inside Town Hall, where cookies and cocoa were available.
Apparently, the township's youngsters are much more nice than naughty.
"The children in Parsippany and Morris County are simply top-notch," Mr. Claus told Patch.
Among those seen in the crowd: Councilmen Paul Carifi Jr., Michael dePierro, Vincent Ferrara, Jonathan Nelson and Brian Stanton; Freeholders John Cesaro and Ann Grossi; and Animal Control Supervisor Chris Dikovics.