The dock was crowded when Santa stepped off his boat in Occoquan at noon today. Parents and their children had gathered for the annual tradition, in which Santa pays a special visit to Occoquan by boat, instead of in his traditional sleigh.
A police escort led Santa to Town Hall, causing one child to say, "Santa's been arrested!"
Once at Town Hall, Santa took pictures with the children, and listened to their Christmas lists.
Outside Town Hall, the recently christened stood tall. The streets were festive as holiday decorations lined the storefronts. Shoppers crowded the shops for .