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December 6, 2012

City prepares annual holiday festivities

HAVERHILL—The city’s Christmas tree will glow with 10,000 lights when it is turned on during the annual downtown Christmas Stroll Saturday. This year’s festivities are from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature many new activities for children and adults. This is the 20th year for the stroll hosted by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Downtown Haverhill Committee.

In hopes of putting smiles on the faces of all who attend, organizers have a number of new surprises in store, including pony rides for kids, magic shows, a special photo booth spot that organizers are keeping under wraps, a professional laser light show and of course a visit from Santa, who will arrive with a bang. As a special offer, parking at the MVRTA garage on Granite Street is just $1 from 4 to 8 p.m. The fourth annual Penguin Pub Crawl will be held Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The Team Division is sold out, but the Individual Division is open and free to participate in. Entry forms are available at all participating establishments and must be dropped off at The Lasting Room on Washington Street no later than 9 p.m. on Friday. As with strolls of Christmases past, Washington and Merrimack Street up to How Street, Essex Street up to Wingate Street and Emerson Street from Washington Square to Bailey Boulevard will be closed to traffic during the stroll, providing walkers the opportunity to enjoy shopping, dining and the many activities featured this year.

A laser light show with synchronized holiday music takes place just prior to Santa’s 7:30 p.m. arrival in the square. And when Santa appears, it is sure to be a thrilling moment, organizers say.

Light poles along Washington Street and in Washington Square will be all dressed up with garland and red bows, courtesy of Bethany Homes.

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