Santa will visit Georgetown this weekend

Santa is coming to town a bit earlier than Christmas this year. He’ll be leading a holiday parade in Georgetown this Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 10 a.m.

Sponsored by a number of Georgetown businesses, the Christmas parade will run down Main Street in the hamlet, ending at a tent near Uncle Leo’s Not Just Coffee & Donuts, where Santa will be available for pictures.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to help defray medical costs for two local children: Aubrey Rose Szast, a 5-year-old from Danbury, and Wyatt Hoover, a Joel Barlow High School senior.

Szast has DIPG, a serious, inoperable brain tumor. Her family has found an alternative medication for her condition that has been working well, but it is not covered by her insurance.

Hoover is in need of a kidney transplant, and the cost to his family after insurance may run as much as $65,000.

Included in the parade will be Dave Palmer’s antique tractors, fire department equipment, the Grinch, and Santa Claus, among others.

A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures of children and families with Santa Claus after the parade is over. Organizers are asking for donations in lieu of having residents pay for photographs taken with Santa.

There will also be a raffle at the event. Those attending will be able to purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes donated by a number of Georgetown businesses.