Santa’s house received a new coat of paint and some window glazing this year, courtesy of Redpoint Builders. Electric radiant heat pads were also added to help keep Santa and Mrs. Claus toasty during their stay in Cooperstown.
Funding for the decorations comes through grants and donations.
“Every year the Scriven Foundation has been very generous,” Cannon said. “We send out fundraising mailers in early November. We are very fortunate that we have the donors that we have every year.”
Santa will arrive in Cooperstown this Friday evening.
“There’s a parade. We have the middle school marching band ... . Greg Hall has this beautiful team of wonderful horses that pulls the sleigh that Santa is sitting in, and this year about 30 kids, who are the children of Cooperstown Central School’s faculty and staff, will be riding with Santa. It’s just magical,” Canon said.
Friday evening the high school choir will sing Christmas carols, elves from the middle school will be out and about in the crowd, Frosty and Rudolph will be on hand, and free hot cider, donated by the Fly Creek Cider Mill, will be available to keep everyone warm.
Mrs. Claus said that last year close to 6,000 children visited Santa in Cooperstown between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.