WARREN - Santa Claus let everyone know that the city of Warren has been on the good list this year.
And for being good, Warren held a special night of celebrating and welcoming the holiday season with Christmastime in the City Friday on Courthouse Square.
The event included a Christmas tree lighting, visits with Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, tours of city hall and fun activities at local businesses and agencies around the courthouse.
One popular event was the cookie crawl in which children and adults could travel from business to business to get a cookie, with most people ending up with more than a dozen.
Santa arrived by firetruck along with Mayor Doug Franklin.
''This is the season of giving ...We have a lot planned for tonight. This a great way to kick off the holiday season. It's nice to see all the families out celebrating the holidays,'' Franklin said.
Horse-drawn carriage rides took visitors to downtown Warren around Courthouse Square for the Christmastime in the City celebration on Friday. The event welcomed in the holiday season and included visits with Santa Claus at the log cabin and a “cookie crawl” with different cookies at more than 15 businesses on the square.
Jeff and Melanie Boucher of Warren brought their son, Ethan, to the celebrating.
''We were both born and raised in Warren, so we both wanted to come out here with Ethan and celebrate. It brings back good memories for us. There are a lot of fun activities to do and for the little one to see Santa,'' Melanie Boucher said.
Rachel Bordell took her grandchildren to the festivities, which recalled memories of when she brought her own children to such celebrations.
''My son came here when he was a little boy and now my son is bringing his kids. All my grandchildren come to this,'' Bordell said.
Amy Biles said she likes the many attractions and the falling snow makes it really feel like the holidays.
''The kids really wanted to see Santa,'' Biles said as they waited in a long line outside the log cabin where Santa was inside.
Inside the cabin, April Howell of Austintown and her children were handing out bags of holiday treats for the children from Michael's 4x4 and Auto Repair.
''This is our first time here. We love to see all the people,'' Howell said.
Her son, Collin Howell, said he likes the carriage rides and seeing the children with Santa.
''It's a lot of fun being here,'' he said.
As for the many cookies, Patricia Fleeger, co-owner of Gene's Jewelers, said she and others made homemade cookies for all the visitors who were taking part in the cookie crawl.
''We have had many children come here,'' she said with each child also receiving a gift.
Brothers Alijiah Pizzulo and Joryan Pizzulo said they both had a lot of fun and were amazed at all the cookie choices.
Patricia Fuller of Trumbull Art Gallery said the event allowed for her to show the public the new location for the gallery on the square.
''We have had a few visitors tonight. This new location gives us more room for our programs. There is a full basement here for classes and a platform,'' Fuller said.