Santa waves to the crowds as he makes his way to his workshop in Cornerstone Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in Gardner with a police escort on Nov. 29 just in time to witness the 20th annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Carolers from Gardner Edgerton High School assisted in the festivities. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Santa’s elves helped with the annual lighting ceremony. They passed out programs to the hundreds who flooded the park for the event. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson