Santa's Riverboat Arrival (Petaluma)

It's a tradition in Petaluma that Santa arrives with Mrs Claus via the Petaluma River.  An event is held in the plaza near a turning basin (on Washington Street)  I was amazed at how many people were crowded along the river to see the tug arrive carrying the jolly man in red.

The lift bridge was the first sign of arrival,  as it swung upwards, even before the tug came into view, everyone pressed forward to get the first glimpse...

The choir stopped, and Petaluma Pete stepped up to his piano, ready to play a rousing rendition of "Here Comes Santa Claus" as Santa and Mrs Claus disembarked, followed by none other than the Grinch.

Here are some of the photos from the event: