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Santa Claus and reindeer, plan season’s first stop in Cranberry

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The much-anticipated annual visit by Santa Claus, officially marking the start of Cranberry’s holiday season, is set for 7:00 PM on Friday, November 20 in front of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

Activities surrounding the Santa’s visit will begin at 6:00 with free family activities, games, crafts, face painting by “Painting With a Twist”, plus, refreshments inside the building. A group of live reindeer will be outside, and visitors are welcome to feed them. Holiday music will be provided by the Dutilh United Methodist Church choir. A giant Lego train display, configured by the Steel City LUG – an adult Lego Users Group – will be inside Council Chambers, both Friday evening and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

The event launches the 2015 Cranberry Holiday Tree Gallery inside the building – an annual fundraising project where more than 20 local nonprofit organizations display smaller trees decorated in themes that reflect their community missions. A toy collection, coordinated by Toys for Tots, will be open for donations Friday evening.

Shortly after arriving on a specially-decorated fire truck, Santa will greet the townsfolk, then throw a switch lighting the Community Tree on the Center’s front lawn, and head back to the North Pole for more holiday preparations. The entire event is free.