Santa Claus is coming to town.
The Jolly Old Elf will return to Doylestown this Friday, Nov. 23.
Santa traditionally rolls into town on the back of the Doylestown Fire Company’s antique fire truck the day after Thanksgiving.
Local high school choirs usually sing, and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance will once again be offering free cookies and apple cider on the front porch of the historic Fountain House (Starbucks).
The event starts around 6 p.m., and Santa is expected to arrive around 6:30 p.m., said Joan Doyle, Doylestown Borough Council's liaison to the DBCA.
"We hope that everyone will come out," Doyle said at Monday night's borough council meeting. "It is a community project, and wonderful cooperation between many entities."
Bucks County Transport will run a shuttle bus between the county parking garage on Broad Street and the downtown, Doyle said, making it easier for families to find parking.
After Santa parades into town, he presides over the lighting of the borough Christmas tree, on the corner of State and Main streets.
This year's tree is pretty impressive, Doyle said.
"It is an absolutely beautiful tree," she said, adding, "It is probably the nicest tree I’ve ever seen here."
Families attending Santa's arrival should plan to get there early to find a spot along the intersection of State and Main, because it's a popular night.
Longtime Doylestown residents like Det Ansinn grew up coming to watch Santa's arrival downtown, and now bring their own children to continue the tradition.
"It is really a Norman Rockwell moment in town," said Ansinn, borough council president.
The big man will then take up residence in his "house" in the Plaza West parking lot, his Doylestown satellite office. He'll be available there in the weeks to come for photos and visits with children.