Newburyport, Massachusetts | It’s a Wonderful Life
But all that comes later in the day. Right now, we’ve got Santa in our sights. He’s drawing us along behind him, like some red-suited Pied Piper. We’ll troop after him, until he climbs into his “sleigh,” a wagon drawn by a team of six hearty Rotarians who pull Mr. and Mrs. Claus in a parade through the downtown. They’ll toss candy canes, sparking mad scrambles, and, finally, as darkness falls, we’ll watch them dance with Frosty and the Gingerbread Man in the center of Market Square. We’ll sing “Deck the Halls” together, as the streetlamps are illuminated and the Christmas-tree lights turn on.
Then, slowly, like tiny boats going out into the night, the crowd will drift away. A hush will descend. And we’ll give thanks for remembering.
Santa arrives in Newburyport this year on December 1. Additional visitor information at: newburyportchamber.org