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Santa pays Bath an early visit

SANTA AND HIS SLEIGH: Santa Claus and one of his jolly elves paid a visit to the Town of Bath’s annual tree-lighting celebration Friday evening. Though lacking reindeer, Santa’s sleigh was decked out for the holidays. Along with Santa’s visit, participants were treated to caroling, refreshments and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” For more photos of Bath Christmas festivities, see Beaufort County Christmas in the Dec. 18 issue of The Washington Daily News. (Reid Betham)