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November 29, 2013

Here comes Santa Claus: Towns hold tree lightings, holiday parades

Towns hold tree lightings, holiday parades


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.

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