PHOTOS: Santa hears wishes during Wilton Holiday Stroll

— Bryan Haeffele photos

In a blare of lights and sirens, Santa Claus rolled into Wilton Center Friday night atop the fire department’s ladder truck, accompanied by a police cruiser. Scores of children were lined up to meet him, including three-year-old Teddy, who was first in line.

Just before he marched up to the gazebo to sit on Santa’s lap, Teddy told The Bulletin he was going to ask for “a kitchen, a helicopter, and a boat.”

A little further back in the line, Adam, 8, said he was hoping for a remote-control excavator and a trail camera for looking at wildlife. “I love looking at animals,” he said.

Riley, who is 7, “almost 8,” wants an Xbox to play Minecraft. “I’ve never played that before,” he said, adding he usually plays Wii Sports, Motocross, and Angry Birds.

Nine-year-old Virginia wanted to ask for toy horses and a stable for them to live in. Six-year-old Allison was undecided but sure she’d come to a decision by the time she got to the head of the line.

Four-year-old Eddie had no such problem. He was practicing his “Hello, Santa,” stopping only to say he would like a dinosaur robot for Christmas.

Santa’s visit was the highlight of Wilton’s annual Holiday Stroll, which also featured the lighting of the town Christmas tree on the Town Green, a marshmallow roast at Schenck’s Island, latkes for Hanukkah, cookie painting, refreshments at the library, and stores open for holiday shopping from one end of town to the other.

The Stroll was sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Wilton Kiwanis and the town.