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December 6, 2012

City prepares annual holiday festivities

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The giant Christmas tree in Washington Square is decorated with 10,000 lights that were donated by Home Depot. The tree lighting takes place just after Santa’s appearance.

“Local businesses and volunteers stepped up in a big way to make this a memorable Christmas Stroll and hopefully one of the best attended in years,” said Jen Cantwell, vice president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

On the main stage in Washington Square, emcee Matt Noyes will present a host of live entertainment leading up to the laser show, the evening’s premier event, and Santa’s arrival. Strolling carollers and musicians will be traveling between downtown businesses, which will be open for holiday shopping. Pony rides along with a special photo booth with holiday characters is at Haverhill Bank on Merrimack Street, and is something organizers say shouldn’t be missed. Santa’s Workshop is in the Pentucket Bank community room, and photos with Santa are at the Foto Factory on Essex Street.

Enjoy magic shows at Phoenix Row, which is next to the downtown bus station. A Talking Tree, always an attraction for children, is in Columbus Park. Hands-on activities for kids include gingerbread cookie decorating at the Sons of Italy Victor Emanuel Lodge, Story Time with Mrs. Claus is at Angles and Arts on Wingate Street, ornament making is at the Shops@90Wash, arts and crafts are at the Boys and Girls Club on Emerson Street, balloons are at Dr. Richard Jasiak’s office on Granite Street and cookie decorating and music by June Renner is at The Inside View on Granite Street. Major sponsors of this year’s stroll are Pentucket Medical Associates and Trinity EMS. Pony rides are sponsored by Haverhill Bank. Corporate sponsors are Covanta Energy and Smile Braces. Christmas lights are courtesy of Home Depot in Plaistow. Media sponsor is McDermott & Company Marketing. Bethany Homes provided garland and bows for downtown street lights. Lori and Dale Whittredge of Haverhill donated the giant Christmas tree.

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