Downtown now shines with the lights of the season

PLYMOUTH — Several hundred hardy souls braved the cold to welcome a renowned world traveler to Plymouth for his yearly visit last night.
Santa Claus made his traditional entry into town Friday night aboard a Plymouth Fire Department truck with his own police escort and many residents were happy to brave the chill to welcome him to town. In his first appearance in town, Santa greeted local kids eager to see him, lit the city Christmas tree along with Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter, and posed for photo ops.
“It’s kind of tough to coordinate Santa’s schedule sometimes,” said Brian VanDuyne of Fernbaugh’s Jewelry and a Chamber of Commerce member, the organization that sponsors Santa’s trip and the annual lighting. “He’s a very busy man — especially at this time of year.”
One thing that has VanDuyne and other Chamber members pleased with is that they were busy men as well Friday.
“I think this is terrific. I was afraid that maybe the cold might keep some people away (from shopping), but it doesn’t appear to have done that,” said VanDuyne. “We’ve had good traffic all day. It’s been a good day.”