Port Royal Christmas Tree lights up despite the rain

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Lighting the Port Royal Christmas Tree are from left, Vernon DeLoach, Tom Kleine, Mary Beth Heyward, Mayor Sam Murray and Joe Lee. Photo by Bob Sofaly.
Lighting the Port Royal Christmas Tree are from left, Vernon DeLoach, Tom Kleine, Mary Beth Heyward, Mayor Sam Murray and Joe Lee. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Photo above: Katie Vargo, of Port Royal Elementary School, leads her choir in song prior to the arrival of Santa. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

About a hundred local families didn’t let a little rain stop them from attending the annual Port Royal Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Port Royal Elementary School. But the rain did cut short the program and, after the tree was lit, everyone went indoors to wait for a visit from the jolly old elf himself. And as promised, Santa Claus arrived on the back of a fire engine and listened to every child’s wishes for Christmas and gave them each a little gift.