Marion and Mattapoisett Celebrate the Season

Even if it doesn’t snow on Christmas day, Mattapoisett – you got your white Christmas this Saturday during the annual Holiday in the Park as snow flurries continued into the evening, trimming the tree in delicate white lace that only helped to enhance the holiday spirit as the town’s Christmas tree at Shipyard Park was lit for the first time just after the snowy dusk descended.

With the help of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, and the Showstoppers – not to mention the dozens of dishes of hot food served up courtesy of local Mattapoisett restaurants – the cold crisp air that late afternoon had nothing on the what-appeared-to-be record crowd, despite the wintery weather.

Over in Marion on Sunday afternoon, the Grinch, who made his way ubiquitously through the crowd and at every corner of Marion village, didn’t try to steal Christmas this year. But he did steal the show – that is, until Santa Claus arrived at the Town Wharf in the traditional red lobster boat to the delight of hundreds of revelers gathered there to greet him. And once he climbed aboard his Clydesdale horse-drawn carriage to make his way into the village with a few lucky passengers, those attending this year’s annual Marion Holiday Stroll filled the quaint narrow streets of Marion center, enjoyed songs from the Sippican School Band and chorus, and tasted their way through town at the various establishments doling out free hot cider, cocoa, cookies, candy canes, and hot dogs.

Welcome to the holidays – Tri-Town style.

By Jean Perry

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