Santa gets snowy welcome at library after Portsmouth firefighters’ escort

Leads the tree-lighting countdown before listening to youngsters’ wish lists

Posted 12/1/19

PORTSMOUTH — Santa Claus made his annual pilgrimage to the Portsmouth Free Public Library and was greeted like a rock star Sunday night.

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Santa gets snowy welcome at library after Portsmouth firefighters’ escort

Leads the tree-lighting countdown before listening to youngsters’ wish lists

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PORTSMOUTH — Santa Claus made his annual pilgrimage to the Portsmouth Free Public Library and was greeted like a rock star Sunday night.

And this time, he brought a little snow with him.

As usual, the big man was given an escort on a big ladder truck by the Portsmouth Fire Department. After greeting members of the cheering crowd, he led a countdown for the tree-lighting before heading inside to greet youngsters individually and hearing their wish lists for Christmas.

The library had cookies and hot chocolate on hand, and played holiday favorites to keep the atmosphere festive.

Scroll through the photos above for all the festive fun.

If you didn’t get to see Santa Sunday night, don’t worry. He’ll be coming to your street starting tomorrow night, Dec. 2. To find out when he’s coming to your neighborhood, visit the “Santa's Tour-Portsmouth” Facebook page.

If you still can’t get enough of Santa, he’ll be arriving by helicopter at Sandy Point Lighthouse on Prudence Island around 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. The visit is one of his stops on the series of Flying Santa tours.

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