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Samantha O'Donnell and three-year-old Abigail were among the hundreds of smiling faces at the parade in downtown Tilton last weekend. "We're ready for Christmas," Samantha said. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
December 05, 2018
TILTON Families lined Main Street in downtown Tilton last Saturday evening for a night of holiday festivities and fun as they awaited the start of the annual Christmas parade and Santa's arrival.

As the sunset, the excitement level rose in all the boys and girls but it wasn't long before the first of the brightly lit floats made their way into town. The Tilton and Northfield Police led the parade through the town by, calling out holiday wishes to all. Behind them were floats and marching groups from the local scouts, Spaulding Youth Center, the Winnisquam Regional High School FFA and Interact clubs, Tilton-Northfield Rotary and several other area businesses and community organizations. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was back again this year with another spectacular float and the Laconia Indian Historical Association also took part in the festivities wearing beautiful Jingle Dresses and other Native American regalia.

After Santa and Mrs. Claus lit the downtown tree the crowds then made their way to Riverfront Park where one-by-one the boys and girls were able to sit with Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes.

There were refreshments available to help ward off the night chill and finally fireworks lit up the sky to cap off the special event.

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