By all accounts this year’s “Christmas in Middleburg” celebration was one of the best ever.  The morning Hunt Parade and the afternoon “official” parade welcoming Santa to town were the first to take place on Middleburg’s “new” downtown.

Police Chief A.J. Panebianco and his officers, tasked each year with coordinating traffic and public safety in Middleburg’s largest one-day event, were especially pleased.   “I had multiple comments about how much better it seemed to run this year,” he told Town Council at its December 8 regular monthly meeting.

The town’s new barricades, he said, “not only kept people out of the parade route, but out of the roadway as well, allowing traffic to flow better than ever.” That and pre-sold parking, the Chief noted, made the chances of traffic backups (a major problem in years past) “slim to none.”

Town Council, Town Staff, a host of volunteers, local merchants and thousands of happy visitors combined once more to deliver a weekend to remember and a wonderful kick off to the Christmas season.

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