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Albert Dzurka, a fifth-generation Fairfield resident, enjoys an annual tradition at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Bethany Powell of Allegra Farms of East Haddam takes some Fairfield folks on a carriage ride along Reef Road at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, Bethany Powell of Allegra Farms of East Haddam takes some Fairfield folks on a carriage ride along Reef Road at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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The Brakeman family of Fairfield pose with Santa and his elves at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Carolina Sauer, 3, of Fairfield, pets a rabbit at the petting zoo during "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Elias Hagen, 5, of Fairfield, enjoys a cookie he decorated at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Volunteer elf Fallon Faustini, 9, of Fairfield, helped hand out toys at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Annette Lopane of Pied Piper Pony Rides introduces Ryan Hauser, 2, of Fairfield, to an Indian Runner at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Annette Lopane of Pied Piper Pony Rides introduces Ryan Hauser, 2, of Fairfield, to an Indian Runner at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Volunteer elves Margaret Carroll, 12, left, and Lindsay Protsco, 11, of Fairfield, help out at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Volunteer elves Margaret Carroll, 12, left, and Lindsay Protsco, 11, of Fairfield, help out at "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Tommy Wright of Fairfield, 6 months, has his first visit with the Big Man following "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Hundreds of families were on hand for "Santa's Arrival, " the annual Chamber of Commerce event at Sherman Green, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.

FAIRFIELD — Christmas came to town Saturday with “Santa’s Arrival”—the annual Chamber of Commerce celebration on Sherman Green.

“This is our 17th year that Santa has arrived in Fairfield,” said Beverly Balaz, chamber president.

Along with a chance to meet the big guy, kids enjoyed a petting zoo, carriage rides, and booths from a variety of local nonprofits sharing information.

“Last year we had 600 children and we probably had 2,000 adults,” Balaz said. “It’s just become a community-wide event and we’re so excited about it.”

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