Cops create a winter wonderland and have brought Santa to town for Friday

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Entrance to the Winter Wonderland at 505 Main Street.

POUGHKEEPSIE – The City of Poughkeepsie police, assisted by the city’s firefighters, have created a drive-thru “Winter Wonderland” at the city’s Public Safety Building at 505 Main Street.  It was open to the public on Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. and the free event will take place again on Friday, December 18, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In addition to a wide variety of holiday lights, inflatable characters, and decorated emergency vehicles, Santa Claus will be waiting for children of all ages to visit him as he marks the end of the drive-thru.  The jolly old elf will be providing small treats for children as he greets them.

Santa with one of the families that visited him on Thursday.

“We really enjoy doing events like this,” said Police Officer Kevin Van Wagner, who serves as the PBA president.  “Our officers look forward to bringing joy to the children, and adults as well.”

Dutchess County Sheriff Kirk Imperati will be providing a mobile message board on Friday to draw even more attention to the entrance of the display.  “The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is always available to help our fellow law enforcement agencies.  Being able to help spread holiday cheer is an added bonus.”