SLIDESHOW- Naugatuck lights up the holiday season

Danny Anderson, 4, chats with Santa during the seventh annual Holiday Kickoff held Dec. 6 on the Naugatuck Green.

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Naugatuck residents kicked off the holiday season Monday with a tree lighting ceremony on the Town Green. Santa and his friends Rudolph and Frosty made a special appearance, arriving via fire truck to greet Mayor Bob Mezzo. After the tree lighting, Santa took up his throne to receive Christmas requests from Naugatuck’s youth. On the snow-blanketed grass, teenagers warmed themselves by the bonfire while listening to holiday tunes. Families lined up to take horse-drawn carriage rides and tractor-drawn hay rides through downtown Naugatuck. The town collected non-perishable food items as donations at the event.