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Santa arrives in downtown Norcross via horse-drawn carriage

Santa arrives at Thrasher Park in Norcross on Friday night. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden)

Santa arrives at Thrasher Park in Norcross on Friday night. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden)

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NORCROSS — Heralded by the sound of bells, Santa made a grand arrival Friday night at Thrasher Park in Norcross, his carriage pulled by a single, majestic white horse.

The line to see the man in red snaked along the sidewalks through the park, but 10-year-old John Sanchez of Norcross had managed to secure the coveted first spot. His head topped with his own Santa hat, he planned to ask the jolly old elf for a video game. His sister, 9-year-old Betzayda, second in line, planned to ask for a kit to make bracelets.

Jovey Troutt was sipping hot chocolate alongside her mom, Windy Troutt of Norcross, while waiting for Santa. Jovey planned to ask for My Little Pony toys. When asked if she had a favorite My Little Pony, she replied, “I love them all.”

Windy Troutt said if she got the chance to ask Santa for something for Christmas it would be peace.

Prior to Santa’s arrival, Mayor Bucky Johnson wished residents happy holidays and then counted down from 10 to one for the lighting of the city’s tree.

“It’s holiday time in Norcross,” Johnson said, the tree aglow with lights.

Once Santa made his way to the park’s stage, he gave candy canes to each child that sat on his lap and whispered their Christmas wishes in his ear. The city of Norcross also provided families with free 4x6 photos with Mr. Claus.