SOMERS POINT — Hundreds of spectators lined the streets Friday, Dec. 1 as floats, Scouts, local organizations and the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Department paraded to City Hall to kick off the holidays.

A big part of this year's parade was the float contest.

A group called the Somers Point Moms walked away with a trophy and top honors for a float that brought many of the characters from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to the parade. Charlie in the Box, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snowman and other characters joined Rudolph in their holiday best. 

Mayor Jack Glasser lit the city's Christmas tree with the help of Santa Claus, and afterward children headed to visit with Santa in Council Chambers. Santa's helpers Chloe and Lily Malone of Somers Point made sure every good girl and boy received a gift from Santa's bag before leaving.

Jayce Ballard told Santa he wanted a double Hatchimal. Caesar Mendoza of Somers Point asked for a TV, and Courtney McClish said she asked Santa for money for her mother so she could by her family a house.

Santa said all the boys and girls were on his good list this year but cautioned them to be kind to one another and remember that there are still a few more weeks until Christmas, and he will be watching.

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