tribune correspondent

Santa Claus came to town early for the children in Willow Grove. The annual tree-lighting ceremony presented by the Kiwanis Club of Old York Road took place in Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The tree and the event have both grown. Thanks to many generous sponsors including Wawa, folks were welcomed to warm hot cocoa, cookies, cakes and a variety of treats as they waited for the 22-foot tree to shine.

The tree-lighting ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. Santa arrived around 6:30 p.m. to light the tree and collect Christmas lists. For those good kids who may have left their Christmas lists at home, the Kiwanis Club had them covered.

The Kiwanis Club of Old York Road hosts the annual tree lighting ceremony free of charge. The celebration is full of holiday cheer and flair that helps bring local families together.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and projects.

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