The annual event drew hundreds to Old Town Sherwood where they ate hotdogs, visited with Santa and listened to school choirs.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Members of the Sherwood City Council pose on a float in a staging area before heading down Sherwood Boulevard into Old Town Sherwood. Sherwood Boulevard was filled with the Maid Marian Court, a band, goats led by their owners, several floats, and, of course, Santa Claus as the annual Robin Hood Holiday Festival parade kicked into high gear Dec. 2.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Abigail Harry, 5, reads to Santa from a list of items shed like for Christmas during festivities at the Robin Hood Holiday Festival. With her is Timothy the Turtle, a stuffed animal who accompanies children during their many adventures in Mrs. Jordans kindergarten class at Archer Glen Elementary School. The parade made its way to Old Town Sherwood where choirs serenaded the crowd gathered for the annual tree lighting held at Cannery Square Plaza.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Santa and his elves wave as from a float as they make their way down Sherwood Boulevard Dec. 2.The plaza was also filled with loads of activities including a tent for children to visit with Santa and a live Nativity scene compliments of children from St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Children from St. Pauls Lutheran Church create a live Nativity scene inside a tent at Cannery Square Plaza. Meanwhile, residents enjoyed free hotdogs, cookies, coffee, hot cider and other goodies, compliments of local groups and merchants.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Members of the Fireballs softball team pose for a photo before boarding a float in the Robin Hood Holiday Festival parade.
A short time later, the switch was thrown to city's Christmas tree was lit to cheers from young and old alike.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Three girls pose as a friend snaps a photo in front of the Christas tree at Cannery Square Plaza Dec. 2

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