The Unity Yuletide Tree Lighting and Festival of Lights drew a large, spread-out crowd Dec. 11, featuring a parade, caroling, and of course, Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves.

Because of inclement weather and power outages earlier in the month, the event had to be postponed twice. There was a nip in the air Friday, but it did not hamper families from turning out to the festive event.

Children who brought their Christmas lists received a treat, while parents snapped pictures of their young ones at the gazebo on Depot Street with Santa and his crew.

A parade of fire trucks from Unity, Freedom, Troy and Burnham, along with a UniTel service vehicle and several floats, drove down Main Street and turned onto Depot Street. Santa, Mrs. Claus the several elves arrived on an ATV trailer pulled by Unity Fire Department.

Unity Business Exchange member Wendy Esposito, who operates Unity Pond Pottery with her husband Robert, said this year children could not sit on Santa's lap because of COVID-19 concerns. She praised the work done by the Unity Fire Department and all who took part in the parade.

This marks the fifth year for the event, sponsored by the Unity Business Exchange, with several participating partners and businesses, including the Unity Area Rotary Club, Holler Soap, North Country Press, Unity Kitchen, Mammie's Country Kitchen, and Depot and Hilltop stores.