Santa Claus will be arriving in town on a fire truck Saturday morning, part of Fairfield's traditional opening to the holiday season.

Santa, or at least his look-alike, is portrayed by Joe Skarupa, a perennial Santa-About-Town. He will arrive at Sherman Green by ladder truck from Fire Department headquarters at 10 a.m., and will greet youngsters in the green's gazebo until about 2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commefrce, the event will feature hot chocolate and cider, ginger cookies, wreaths, ornaments, face painting, Fairfield postcards and Chamber of Commerce "bucks," which can be redeemed for merchandise at chamber-member stores.

In addition, the day is also "Small Business Saturday," and the chamber and the town will be promoting the Shop Small Business initiative to support local merchants, retailers and restaurants.

There will be a children's petting zoo on the green from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting, as well as horse-and-buggy rides from approximately 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Kiwanis Club will provide breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers. Eighteen community organizations will also be on hand to sell an assortment of holiday items. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

In the case of rain or heavy snow, the event will be canceled.

For more information, contact the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at 203-255-1011.