HAVERHILL — Members of the community young and old put on their warm winter clothing to welcome in the holidays as they took part in Friday night’s 27th Annual Christmas Stroll, presented by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

Santa Claus greeted starry-eyed children in Santa’s Village at Harbor Place, sponsored by Pentucket Bank. Strollers enjoyed a promenade of ice sculptures, s’mores on an outdoor fire pit hosted by police and firefighters, and the Pearl pop-up camper warmed things up with free cups of hot cocoa.

Children flocked to tables that were set up inside the Harbor Place residential building to decorate sugar cookies for free. It wasn’t long before organizers needed to get more cookies.

Because of new snow that had fallen, Elsa’s Wonderland featuring Elsa and Olaf was moved from Columbus Park to 90 Washington St.

“It was a really good turnout and about the same as last year,” said Dougan Sherwood, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

The stroll extended throughout the downtown and local shops and restaurants held fun activities and special offers.

Covanta Energy donated this year’s Christmas tree, a 30-year-old blue spruce that was lit at 7:45 p.m. after Santa arrived from his village.

The event was presented by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the downtown Haverhill business community and Covanta Energy. Other event sponsors included National Grid, Haverhill Bank, Pentucket Bank, Northern Essex Community College, AutoFair, Haverhill Family Eye Care, and 76 Merrimack St., as well as Be Imagine Music, Creative Haverhill, HC Media, The Eagle-Tribune, and the Haverhill Cultural Council.

 

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