The town of Marion officially welcomed the Christmas season on Sunday, December 9 with the 18th annual Marion Holiday Stroll. Hundreds of residents flocked to Front Street where local businesses opened their doors and offered everyone free goodies like cookies, candy, and hot drinks.
It serves as a way for the local stores and restaurants to say thanks to the community to which they belong.
“It gives us an opportunity to give back to the people who support us through the year,” said Jon Pope of Uncle Jon’s Coffee. “It’s always fun to give a little back.”
Pope was stationed at Spirits serving spiked eggnog lattes to thirsty and chilly holiday strollers.
“We look forward to it every year because it’s a great chance to say hello to everybody and spread some Christmas cheer throughout our village,” said Ruth Olson of Robert Paul Properties.
Along with the goodies and glad tidings, the main attraction for local kids is the arrival of Santa Claus, who always speeds into the harbor on a boat, where he is greeted by hundreds of eager children.
Throughout the day, families enjoyed carriage rides around downtown Marion, with Santa at the reins driving two massive Clydesdale horses.
Sparky the Dog from the Marion Fire Department was joined by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer all afternoon for photo opportunities in front of Marion Music Hall.
The Sippican School band offered a short performance of holiday favorites. The young musicians were even joined by some adult instrumentalists from around town.
“Today is about giving back to our community and neighbors and saying ‘thank you,’” said John Ludes of the Bookstall. “But it really is a celebration, especially for the children.”
By Eric Tripoli