Downtown Main St. was closed to traffic and became a pedestrian mall for several hours. The festivities began at 5 p.m. with a candlelit procession led by Santa Claus up Main Street from City Hall to Railroad Square for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. Santa traveled in an antique fire truck and everyone followed holding candles or LED lights.
A gingerbread house display at a local church attracted a long line of viewers, including myself. Most of the houses were created by younger members of the congregation.
A popular stroll highlight every year are the ice sculptures created and displayed in front of City Hall. However, due to an unseasonably warm evening, these were melting quickly.
The trees are displayed in the Hunt Memorial Building, which was once the city's public library.
We attended the stroll this year but traveled separately, except when we met up for some pizza. I went with several neighbors and Grenville volunteered with Nashua's Community Emergency Response Team to monitor traffic and people throughout the evening.
The city's Public Works department certainly had enough to keep them busy after the festivities ended around 10 p.m.