The Wilton Chamber of Commerce invites all to this year\u2019s return of the annual Holiday Stroll in Wilton Center on Friday, Dec. 4 at 5:30, to enjoy local shopping and seasonal fun. Promptly at the start of the two-hour event, Santa Claus and First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice will ride into the center on a \u201cred sleigh\u201d \u2014 a fire truck provided and ushered by the Wilton Fire Department. They will sleigh their way through the downtown area until they reach the Town Green, where they will commence 2015\u2019s ceremonial lighting of the town holiday tree. Santa won\u2019t be heading back to the North Pole right away; after the tree is lit, he\u2019ll remain in the Town Green gazebo so that children of all ages will be able to share with him their holiday wishes, and he\u2019ll have a special treat for each child. The Wilton High School band will join Santa at the gazebo to play some holiday tunes. In the event of inclimate weather, Santa will be at Wilton Library, which has its own special events planned for the Holiday Stroll. Members of the public are invited to Wilton Library at 137 Ridgefield Road, which will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 offering refreshments and a fireplace to warm by. \u201cOrnaments\u201d \u2014 or wish list items \u2014 can be taken from the library\u2019s Giving Tree by people interested in benefiting the Wilton Library Association. Weather permitting, a telescope will be set up in the library parking lot for stargazing. Adding to the festivities, all downtown merchants will have extended hours the evening of the 4th, and the Chamber encourages \u201cthose who are in town to stroll through and shop,\u201d said Carol Johnson of the Chamber\u2019s board of directors. \u201cMany of the merchants will be offering refreshments for people to enjoy during their shopping.\u201d But retailers aren\u2019t the only businesses that will be open during the Holiday Stroll, Johnson said. \u201cSome of the real estate offices will be open serving refreshments, as well as the Chamber.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s a really nice opportunity to kick off the holiday season for people who live in town,\u201d Johnson said of the stroll, \u201cand it\u2019s a really nice opportunity for people to shop Wilton, dine Wilton and enjoy Wilton.\u201d The Wilton Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the annual Holiday Stroll since its inception in 1989. This year\u2019s stroll, however, will differ from those of years past, as a result of fundraising efforts spearheaded by outgoing First Selectman Bill Brennan and several members of the Chamber. Fresh garlands and new bows decorating Wilton Center lamp posts will premiere at the Holiday Stroll, as well as the addition of a big red chair that kids can climb on for play and their parents can use for holiday photo-opportunities. Also resulting from public donations and efforts of the holiday working group, which was composed of Brennan, Ann Nash from Signature Style, Nancy Saxe from Sweet Pierre\u2019s and Peg Koellmer from Realty Seven, all 6,000 lights on the holiday tree have been replaced with bright, efficient LED bulbs, purchased at discount from Wilton Hardware.