GAINES, NY - Consider it Christmas in April, complete with hundreds of Santa impersonators.

Some 300 people dressed as Santa Claus came to the Town of Gaines this weekend for a conference that brings together plenty of red coats, black boots and bellies that shake like a bowl full of jelly.

This area hosts the event because it was the original home of the first-ever school for professional Santa Clauses in nearby Albion.

There will be more events that are open to the public throughout the weekend.