Home for the Holidays Begins Today!

Home for the Holidays begins on Friday night! Brought to you by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and Signature Sponsor Hallmark Health, the weekend’s festivities begin at the City Hall lawn at 6:00pm with music and the lighting of the tree and the traditional stroll down Main Street to the YMCA to await the arrival of Santa on the fire truck.

Please walk if you can, as parking will be limited. Main Street will be closed from West Emerson Street to West Foster Street starting at 5:30pm.

The complete schedule is available on the Chamber of Commerce website, but here are a few highlights:

4:00-5:45 p.m. Santa will hold court at Edward Jones, 502 Main St.

6:00-6:30 p.m. Gather around the tree on the City Hall lawn for a holiday sing-along led by Roman Music Therapy, followed by the lighting of the tree and a stroll down Main Street to the Y.

6:30-7:00 p.m. Mayor Dolan will turn on the downtown holiday lights and Santa Claus arrives in Melrose! Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate served by Coffee, Tea and Me at the courtyard of the YMCA on Main Street. After Santa arrives, bring your list to him while he sits at Edward Jones, 502 Main Street. Get in the holiday spirit with music provided by DJ Tommy.

6:45 p.m. Once again, the congregation of Melrose’s Temple Beth Shalom (21 East Foster St.) will celebrate Hanukkah with an open house following the tree lighting. The Temple will throw open its doors and invite the entire Melrose community to enjoy potato pancakes, as well as Hanukkah songs and games.

Plus enjoy hot cider, special sales, and other festivities—check the schedule so you don’t miss anything!

Then, the festivities continue throughout Melrose on Saturday with free trolley rides between the various business districts. Businesses, merchants, restaurants, schools and churches will be ready to welcome you with a variety of fairs, performances, sales, specials and tastings. The special holiday trolleys run on Saturday, from 10am –2pm with the trolleys stopping precisely at 2:00pm. The full schedule of activities and trolley routes map can be found on the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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