The Princeton/Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce hosted Small Town Christmas on Saturday.

"I was overwhelmed in a positive way," Chamber Director Chad Oliver said. "We had an excellent turnout."

The day began with breakfast with Santa and Elf on the Shelf at the Tourism Center and continued with storytime and crafts for children.

"I know for breakfast with Santa we had about 150 people come through -- kids and adults," Oliver said. "I couldn't have been more pleased."

"About 85 came through the storytime and crafts so we probably had a good 230 altogether."

He said children loved seeing Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves.

"We had a little girl, probably about two or three, and she just couldn't contain her excitement," Oliver said. "She was shaking all over and just grinning from ear to ear when she saw Mrs. Claus."

He said the community's reaction was great.

"They were so excited and we got some many compliments," Oliver said. "Everyone was ecstatic to see our community doing this and seeing all the effort that was put into it."

"It meant a lot to the community that organizations wanted to do this for them. It goes to show what a caring and giving community that we have."

The Christmas parade began early Saturday night, with recently retired educator Jimmy Dyer being the grand marshal. He said there were 25 floats in the parade, with a couple joining a fews days beforehand. The chamber plans to make this a recurring event.

"We've already started discussing what we want to do next year," Oliver said. "We're talking about adding some more characters and making it a big character breakfast, kind of like you'd see at Disney."

"Next year is going to be bigger and better and we're excited about it."