Families braved cold temperatures and biting winds to await Santa's arrival by horse-drawn wagon at Searsport Elementary School Sunday, Dec. 8.

Santa's visit included photo opportunities with the man in the red suit and wagon rides courtesy of Clayton Larrabee and his horses, Ben and Buster, all of which were part of the weekend-long holiday themed event, Miracle on Mortland Road.

The event was hosted by the local nonprofit organization Maine Adversity Deliverance Mission (also known as MAD Mission), which also organizes March Madness each year, donating all the funds to a Waldo County resident in need of financial assistance to pay for medical expenses.

MAD Mission founder Jessica Connor said last years' March Madness beneficiary was a young woman from Searsport, who had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Miracle on Mortland Road is the first-ever holiday themed event for the organization.

Saturday, Dec. 7, families were invited to join in a Christmas tree decorating contest and check out a Christmas market featuring wares from local vendors. The day also offered a variety of children's crafts and activities and families took in a showing of "The Polar Express" at the end of the night.

Sunday, Dec. 8, the day began with Larrabee and Santa's arrival at the school, followed by photos with Santa, Christmas cookie decorating and a showing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."