Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
GRANBY — Santa Claus will be making an early appearance in Granby this month.

Christmas on the Common will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Town Common on Route 202. Santa Claus will be available to hear children’s Christmas wishes from 3 to 4 p.m.

The second annual event, organized by town resident Cindy Watson, will also feature caroling and a display of miniature replicas of several historic buildings in town. Before last year’s event, the replicas were last displayed at the town’s 200th anniversary in 1968, and have been repainted and decorated by town residents, said Youth Services Librarian Janice McArdle, who took part in the refurbishing efforts.

Members of the Granby Historical Association will serve free hot chocolate and cookies at the Quirk House, 4 Common St. There is no charge for the event.

“Last winter it brought a lot of people out that you would never see out. It’s a wonderful community event,” said George Randall, vice president of the historical association.

Before heading to the Common, Santa will be at Happy Days Family Fun Spot, 172 West State St., for “Sundae with Santa,” an event to benefit the town Senior Center Food Pantry. Anyone who brings a nonperishable food donation between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday will get a free sundae with Santa. Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to make their own sundaes with their choice of holiday-themed toppings, said Happy Days Family Fun Spot owner Denis Lafleur. There will also be children’s activities such as a coloring contest and writing letters to Santa.

“Everything is in the holiday spirit,” Lafleur said. He said this is the first year he is holding this event and that he hopes to make it annual.

Also this holiday season, the Granby Public Library, 297 East State St. (Route 202), will hold the “Celebrate with Lights” fundraiser to benefit the library, which opened in its new location Nov. 16. Lights may be purchased for $5 to hang on the library’s holiday tree in honor or in memory of someone, who will have their name added to a scroll hung inside the library. A letter will also be sent to each honoree. This is the second year the library has held this fundraiser, said McArdle. Last year it raised $1,600, she said. The holiday tree will be lit from mid-December to mid-January. She said people who have had a light purchased in their honor are “really touched.” McArdle added, “It’s kind of like saying you bring light into my life.”

The form to purchase a light can be downloaded at the library website at www.granbylibrary.com.