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.
There will be an opportunity to send special holiday cheer to those who won’t be spending the holidays with loved ones, but instead will be serving their country in faraway posts. According to Seabrook Lions Club member Minabel Bowden, cards will be available at the Parish House for those who’d like to send notes to members of the country’s armed forces during the holidays.
On Sunday in Salisbury Square, the Chamber of Commerce will flip the switch on the town’s official tree lighting at 6 p.m on Salisbury Green. The event includes music from the Salisbury Elementary School band and a visit from Santa.
Beforehand, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Salisbury Historical Society offers open house festivities at the Parson’s House Museum, right across the street from the green.
And after the lighting ceremonies, holiday goodies are offered at the East Parish United Methodist Church in the Rose Room.
The Salisbury Fire Department will host the town’s Santa Parade on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Leaving the Route 1 fire station at 4 p.m., Santa will be atop a town fire engine for a good view of all those who come out to greet him.
If you miss this tour, Santa will be back on Dec. 14, when kids can join him for breakfast at the Hilton Center, starting at 8 a.m.
The Santa Parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It will start at the Sweetsir School on Church Street and will travel toward Merrimac Square, where it will turn right onto West Main Street. It will continue on West Main Street to Union Street, where marchers will take a left and end at the Donaghue School.
The theme of this year’s holiday parade and tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 7, is “Holiday Melodies.” The parade will start at 3:30 p.m., winding its way down Sparhawk and Main streets before ending in Market Square. There, the tree lighting will be held and the crowd can partake in a holiday carol sing-along. Immediately after the event, families can visit with Santa at The Provident Bank’s open house.