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Local communities usher in the holidays


December 02, 2020
REGION — Holiday events are still scheduled around the area, with some new activities and some old favorites taking a different form.

Meredith Altrusa's 25th annual Festival of Trees will be going virtual this year. From Dec. 6-16 an online slideshow will show all of this year's trees align with an abbreviated history of the event. Three special trees will be on display from the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, Isaiah 61 Cafe, and the Inter-Lakes PTO and people can vote for their favorite through a donation. The donations to the organizations will be matched by Altrusa.

Two "Giving Trees" will be on display at Meredith Hannaford and EM Heath in Center Harbor with ornaments with giving instructions. Donations can also win from a selection of five gift baskets and the most money donated will result in the most chances to win.

More information can be found on Altrusa's website at https://altrusameredithnh.org/.

Sandwich's 44th annual Christmas in the Village is going on as scheduled on Dec. 5-6 with some new features and virtual opportunities. Crafters will set up their tables around Center and North Sandwich with masks and social distancing required. There will also be a virtual market this year with crafters able to sell their creations online. This year, Christmas in the Village has its own Web site at sandwichchristmasinthevillage.com.

The Greater Meredith Program will be holding a number of holiday promotions this month.

Meredith businesses can take part in the Holiday Decorating Contest, decorating their storefronts and submitting the photos to the GMP to be viewed by a panel of judges.

The GMP is also holding a "Shop Local, Shop Meredith!" promotion where businesses could submit three photos of their products and services to be posted on their website and promoted through social media.

Meredith's Holiday Open House and tree lighting has been canceled for 2020. Town Manager Phil Warren announced that the open house in the community center wasn't possible because of the pandemic and there are few places such activities could happen. Lights and trees are being installed around town and wreaths are in the works.

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