Rain or shine, annual Santa Singalong brings holiday cheer

byMartinMcConnell

The city of Brecksville officially welcomed the holiday season on Nov. 27 with its yearly Santa Singalong event, complete with the city’s tree lighting ceremony.

Despite the rain forcing a move indoors, Brecksville city officials were determined to help the event go off without a hitch.

The annual yuletide festivities were mostly the same as they have been, even following the move inside to the city’s community center. The city served pizza, cookies and hot chocolate as residents awaited the arrival of Santa Claus himself.

The annual holiday party truly kicked off following the arrival of St. Nick to the community center. Donning a pair of stylish sunglasses, the jolly old elf broke out into song with a jazzy rendition of the Bobby Helms hit, “Jingle Bell Rock.”

The baritone vocals of the man known as Kris Kringle helped to bring the town together as guests continued caroling with the help of the Brecksville Community Choir. Flanked by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa and the citizens of Brecksville closed the concert with a group performance of the Christmas classic, “Silent Night.”

Once the music stopped , children were invited up to the stage for a visit with Santa Claus. The city held a radio broadcast to open up the Christmas season on 93.7 FM. The event closed at 5:15 p.m. with a fireworks show set to the music playing on 93.7.

Brecksville mayor Jerry Hruby has helped to oversee the annual “Santa Singalong” for more than 30 years. He mentioned that the singalong is one of his favorite holiday events of the year and he had hope that the city would be able to get the event moved inside in time for the merriment to begin.

“It was canceled this morning,” Hruby said. “So the staff got together and put all this together in a short few hours. It was quite incredible. … Just a great event.”

Hruby mentioned that the city has plans to bring back the Christmas parade in the future, which was sidelined in 2020 due to the pandemic. Additionally, he advertised the city’s Christmas play, “An Afternoon with Santa” will take place for the first time in two years at Old Town Hall at 49 Public Square.

“On behalf of the city, we wish everybody a very merry Christmas,” Hruby said. “Happy holidays!” ∞

The big, red throne was the most popular seat in the house Nov. 27 as Santa Claus made
his first appearance of the holiday season at the Brecksville Community Center.
Photo by M. McConnell.
Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby looks on as members of the
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Brass Ensemble play
some holiday tunes. RIGHT: The youngest guests in attendance had
a ball cutting a rug with Rudolph. Photos by J. Kananian.
Olivia Zivkovic, of Brecksville, gets a
slice of pizza from Padmini Patnaik,
finance and customer service clerk at the Brecksville Community Center. Photo by J. Kananian.
Everly Vorous and her sisters, Caitlin and
Grace, of Brecksville were excited to attend
the Santa Sing-along. Photo by J. Kananian