Santa, Miss America and a boat parade: Christmas comes to Mystic
4 Dec 2019
Santa showed up in fashion on Saturday, riding into town on a tugboat.
He arrived without Mrs. Claus, but with a different icon: Miss America. The 2019 pageant winner Nia Franklin was this year's special guest for Mystic's annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade.
The event began with Santa's entrance, exiting the boat onto the Mystic River Park green and making his way through the parting crowd while waving and wearing a warm smile. Later in the evening, Santa and Franklin lit the Christmas tree and joined thousands of people watching the festive boats float by.