Winter Festival makes a triumphant return


Dozens of community members bundled up and jumped into the holiday spirit at the annual Franklin Civic Association’s Winter Festival and tree lighting at the Rath Park Gazebo in Franklin Square on Dec. 3.

After a two-year COVID-19 pause, The Franklin Square Historical Society brought back its 35-year-old tree lighting tradition. Santa and Mrs. Claus also returned to the festival and hitched a ride from the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department.

Children got to ask Santa what they want for Christmas, say hi to Frosty the Snowman and hang out with Santa’s elves.

Attendees also enjoyed music, hot chocolate and balloons at the free event as well. The civic association also handed out complimentary gifts to the children, something the group has done since the Winter Festival’s beginnings.