There will be lots of opportunities to see Santa Claus and enjoy some holiday cheer this weekend as communities gather for Christmas tree lightings, parades and plenty of seasonal fun.
The city’s Santa Parade and tree lighting are scheduled for Sunday.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by Coast Guard boat at the boardwalk, near the harbormaster’s office, around 3:30 p.m., and will then proceed up through Market Square, up State Street, down Pleasant, and then down to Green and back to Market Square. The tree lighting will take place at approximately 4 p.m.
The Newburyport and Triton High School bands will help Santa get in the spirit along the way. Mayor Donna Holaday will help light the tree, as well as lead the crowd in some singing; WNBP will broadcast live from the event as well.
The festivities are sponsored by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Rotary Club of Newburyport.
The lighting of the Christmas tree is set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on the Upper Green.
The festivities will begin with performances by the Newbury Elementary Band and Chorus that will perform traditional holiday music.
Santa is scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. when he will greet the children and accept their holiday gift lists. During the event cookies and hot chocolate will be provided by The Governor’s Academy and holiday decorations will be for sale by the Newbury PTA.
After the tree lighting, Fire Protection Company No. 2 will host a spaghetti dinner in the Fireman’s Hall on Morgan Avenue. Adults and teens are $8 and senior citizens and children ages 7 to 12 are $5. Children under age 6 are free.
The Seabrook Lions Club will host the town’s tree lighting celebration at Town Hall on Saturday at 6 p.m. When the tree on the grounds is ablaze, attendees will travel across the street to the Parish House at Trinity Church for a carol sing-along, holiday refreshments and storytelling for the children.