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By Cynthia Haggitt
The Santa’s Chocolate Express returned to Grafton on Saturday, Dec. 4. Visitors had a chance to register beforehand and at the Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor’s Center; 950 E Main St.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were at Grove Memorial Park for photo ops from 2-4 p.m. While Jersey State Bank hosted, they gave out hot chocolate to visitors.
“A group of women made all of the chocolate at different sites along the route and they were home made. Everyone who came got a chance to pick up their starter bag of chocolate, and other items at the Visitors Center and proceed into town where the shuttle stops and chocolate stops are located,” Cyndi Hand said.
“ All of our tickets were limited and we had 300 tickets available. All of the tickets sold out very quickly.” Emily Gilmore said.
The event has been going for at least 10 years and the event starting location was moved to the visitors center. Visitors also had a chance to see the new museum and were able to learn more about Grafton.
“Years ago when this began it was a Grafton Winery and people got to have wine and some chocolate. A couple of the committee’s members then decided to move it into town about three years ago and it brought in more people. It was a big hit because people were able to move about town and shop instead of just sitting in one place.” Hand said.
For more information about Grafton and the events going on for the rest of December you can go to their website at: https://www.riversandroutes.com.