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Wolfeboro rings in the holidays with return of annual parade



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Santa and Mrs. Claus waved to the happy crowds waiting from both sides of the street to see them. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
December 02, 2021
WOLFEBORO — Santa and Mrs. Claus rode into Wolfeboro on Saturday, Nov. 27, in a red sleigh, pulled by a truck driven by volunteer Harold Chamberlin (no deer signed on for the trip, citing staff shortages). They moved down Main Street to the cheers of onlookers, offering friendly waves and Christmas cheer for all who were undeterred by the icy, flag snapping wind.

Mary DeVries, Executive Director of the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce, which has been hosting the parade for over twenty years, said she had to switch from her traditional festive hat to a regular winter hat when the wind kept whipping it off her head.

However, those antics did not deter her enjoyment from her position in front of Carpenter Elementary School, which offered a view down Main Street.

"I looked down in awe at all the people lining the route looking so happy, and the Kingswood band members playing their instruments - and happily so. It was just wonderful," she declared.

"You could have heard a pin drop before the lights went on," she added.

When Santa and Mrs. Claus, surrounded by the eager, brightly dressed parade attendees, used their special magic to light the tree, a roar went up from the appreciative crowd. The parade was back after a year's Covid-19 hiatus.

According to DeVries, a greater number of people traveled to participate in the parade than in past years, and…everyone showed up even with the bitter weather. And for the second year in a row, Cris Dow donated the tree that will stand in coming weeks colorfully lit for all to enjoy.

Santa's Hut, located along Main Street by the park, will be open for visitors on December 11, from noon to 4 p.m., the day of the Christmas Spirit Open House. Businesses will be collecting items that day for the food pantry and the Children's Christmas Fund, run by the Police Department.

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