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The deadline is fast approaching to register for the ever popular Plymouth Holiday Hometown Parade. Everyone is invited to join the fun with a festive float or marching contingent from your local organization or club. This year’s big parade will take place on Dec. 3. For information, call Kelly at 536-8228. (Marcia Morris) (click for larger version)
November 16, 2011
PLYMOUTH—It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year!

Each year, the holiday season kicks off with a whirlwind of events, starting with a joyous celebration known as the Plymouth Holiday Hometown Parade.

This year, a full weekend of festivities is scheduled, beginning on Friday, Dec. 2. Visit the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, where the annual Festival of Trees will transport you into the spirit of the season. Vote for your favorite, and enter to win a fully decorated theme tree to get your celebrations off to a great start. Thanks to the Pemi Youth Center, child care will be provided on site from 4 to 8 p.m. to give mom and dad an opportunity to get a jump start on gift shopping in downtown Plymouth.

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 3, thousands of people from all over the region will descend on downtown Plymouth to mark the start of the season in earnest with a series of celebrations that never fails to thrill the whole family. The Festival of Trees will continue at the Senior Center. There will be a Christmas Pajama Party, with pizza, ice cream sundaes, holiday activities and a surprise visitor, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For information, call Parks and Recreation at 536-1397.

Then the celebrants will start to gather downtown in anticipation of the parade. Several local banks will be open for the "warm up" (Community Guarantee Savings Bank, Northway Bank, and Meredith Village Savings Bank will be serving hot chocolate starting at 4 p.m. Kids can join the elves decorating cookies on the common, sponsored by Plymouth State University. Tasting will be encouraged).

Everyone's favorite, "Karaoke Tim Keefe," then hosts the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Sing-a-long for all, followed by the Hometown Holiday Parade down Main Street, which features floats, marching bands, dancers, sometimes "holiday horses," and well, who knows what else! The finale is always the grand entrance of the jolly one himself. Santa comes to town a little early, as a preview of coming attractions, riding in style atop the shiny red Plymouth Ladder Truck, lights flashing. If that doesn't get you in the spirit… nothing will.

If it should be one of the colder nights of the year, or hopefully, politely, lightly snowing, just for effect, don't fear. After the parade, you can warm up with the "Chill Buster Bonfire and Barbecue," courtesy of the "other" Santa – Alex Ray—and the talented crew at the Plymouth Fire and Rescue, who can start a good fire with as much ease and skill as they can put them out! All this on Green Street, overlooking the banks of the Pemigewasset, near the Plymouth Rotary Riverfront Amphitheater.

If that is not enough, a fireworks display will light up the night sky over the river, visible from just about anywhere downtown.

Again this year, Plymouth State University is opening the Ice Arena for a Skate with Santa. Skates are available, or you can bring your own. Elves will be on hand to help out and Santa will pose for pictures—they make great gifts for grandparents.

So, if you have been naughtier than nice this year, rumor has it that you can make points with Santa by participating in the festivities with a little extra gusto.

Why not enter to be in the parade? Join the fun and expose your business or organization to thousands of spectators enjoying the event! There is still time to register for the parade. Call Kelly at 536-8228 for more information. Financial contributions are also welcome at anytime. Please make checks payable to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, and mail to Kelly Beebee at Meredith Village Savings Bank, 131 Main Street, Plymouth, NH 03264. See you there!

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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