MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant took part in the post office’s letters to Santa program, Nov. 17, joining Postmaster Nicholas Tselikis in a press conference that also saw the mayor announce the return of Marlborough’s Home for the Holidays tree lighting event, this year.
The post office, located on 20 Florence Street, has a bright red mailbox posted outside its entrance. There, community members can drop off their own letters to Santa.
“Our dedicated men and women of the United States Postal Service will be more than happy to expedite the delivery of these letters [to] the North Pole for St. Nick,” Tselikis said.
Beyond those letters to Santa, there is a hamper in the Post Office’s lobby where individuals can drop off nonperishable items to be donated to the Marlborough Community Cupboard.
That is taking the place of the Post Office’s annual food drive this year.
Speaking Nov. 17, Tselikis also unveiled new holiday stamps — one of which featured otters playing in the snow and the other featuring a visit from Santa — which will be sold at the Post Office’s retail counter.
“It’s great to be here again,” Vigeant said. “There’s no snow. It’s little warmer than we usually have. I want to wish everyone a happy holiday — Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah.”
As the post office does its work, Marlborough is gearing up for its 2021 tree lighting, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. on Union Common.
Vigeant will arrive with Santa that day to kick off the festivities, according to a press release.
Santa will hand out candy canes and will be available to pose for pictures with children.
The Marlborough Recreation Department will provide hot chocolate and popcorn while the Marlborough High School Choir will perform a set of holiday songs from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Marlborough High School alumni will perform at 6:30 p.m. on guitar and saxophone. The event will also feature barn animals for participants to pet.