Santa, the star of the season, arrived on a fire truck with sirens blaring, then proceeded to the crowd gathered at the raging bonfire to pass out candy canes.
Participants belted out holiday carols, sipped hot cocoa and munched on doughnut holes as Ferrysburg firefighters piled wood pallets on the fire.
Theresa Butcher of Spring Lake brought her daughter, Laelah Butler, 2 to the gathering for the second consecutive year.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Butcher said. “We love the music and seeing Santa. We’ll continue to keep coming as long as they have it.”
City Manager Craig Bessinger said he was impressed with the turnout and pleased with a nice evening.
“We’re glad everyone could come out for a nice evening to sing carols,” Bessinger said. “Thanks to all the volunteer help out here.”
Merrylou Bramer of Ferrysburg attended with grandaughter Elliot Bramer, 4.
“We come every year because it’s the place to be,” Bramer said.
Ferrysburg residents Pattie and Dave Olson said they’ve driven by the bonfire in years past as they drove by, but this year made it a point to attend with their daughter, Kloe, 2.
“She’s pretty excited,” Pattie said.