Santa made a brief and early stop in downtown Pleasanton Saturday to wrap up the city's annual Hometown Holiday Parade.
Riding high in a fire truck provided by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, Santa waved to thousands of children and their parents cheering jolly St. Nick from Main Street sidewalks and even along Santa Rita Road just north of downtown.
Before leaving to return to the North Pole to finish his Christmas Eve trip plans, Santa joined Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman in lighting the majestic holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main.
The tree will stay lighted through New Year's Day.
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