DOWNTOWN RUTLAND The tradition of Santa making his way into Rutland to help kick off the holiday season continues with Santas Arrival and Tree Lighting on Friday, November 23. The excitement will begin at 6 pm where Santa will arrive in style in Depot Park. Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras will join in Santas arrival in a sleigh. Santa and Mayor Louras will light the holiday tree. Wagon rides, caroling by Linda MacFarlane and Friends, music by the Downtown Brass and more will add to the festive evening. Once Santa has lit the holiday tree, he will head to Santas Land (Boys and Girls Club on Merchants Row). There he will visit with children to listen to their holiday wishes. Bring a camera to capture the special moment. As children are lined up waiting for Santa, magician Tom Joyce will entertain them. Downtown Rutland would like to thank John and Judy Crowley for donating the holiday tree, Trees Incorporated for cutting and setting the tree, the City of Rutland and the Rutland Recreation Department. Santas Arrival and Tree Lighting will kick off Downtown Rutlands HollyDay season of fun and events. There will be horse and wagon rides, caroling, classic holiday movies at Movieplex 9 and more throughout December in Downtown Rutland. Thank you to our sponsors of Downtown Rutlands HollyDay events: Citizens Bank, Price Chopper, Wal-Mart and Casella Waste Management. With Additional support from Catamount Radio, Desjardins Jewelers, Essential Alternative, Ladabouche Furniture, Kings Fine Furniture, Book King, Tattersalls, Downtown Pet & Aquarium, Georgias, Freeman Marcus Jewelers, Phototech and the Rutland Natural Food market. . For a detailed schedule of HollyDay events and other information, please call 773-9380 or visit rutlanddowntown.com .