Friday evening, Dec. 6, the Wilton community enjoyed the town’s annual Holiday Stroll throughout Wilton Center. First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice invited Wilton Schools‘ superintendent, Dr. Kevin Smith and his family–who just moved to Wilton last week–to light the lights on the newly planted evergreen tree on the Town Green.

Afterward, the gathered crowds cheered as Santa arrived in Wilton Center with the help of the Wilton Fire Department, who transported jolly St. Nick on the ladder truck [see video, below]. Children got a chance to tell him what they were hoping to find under the tree this Christmas.

The Wilton Kiwanis Club greeted strollers in the Chess Park–which was newly bedecked with holiday lights this year–welcoming visitors with hot chocolate and a bonfire over which people could roast marshmallows. Wilton Center businesses and the Wilton Library opened their doors with refreshments and cheer as well as opportunities to shop for gifts. And downtown restaurants were filled with revelers who came for the stroll and stayed for the eats.

GOOD Morning Wilton also enjoyed sharing potato latkes (traditional Hanukkah treats) with people in the Town Green. Others who had tables and displays included Wilton SWAG and one Girl Scout Troop, while another troop sang carols.

The Holiday Stroll is co-sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Wilton.