WESTBOROUGH – Holiday shopping in Westborough officially began Nov. 28 when the Winter Stroll returned with over 45 businesses participating throughout the town.
Businesses offered refreshments, activities and discounts. Shuttle buses were sponsored by realtor Gary Kelley.
After last year’s hiatus due to the pandemic and 2019’s scaled-down version amid inclement weather, Westborough once again prepared for the winter season this year with a stroll, parade and tree lighting.
This ever-evolving event is a collaborative effort of Westborough’s Rotary Club, Recreation Department, Public Library and Economic Development Committee. Food trucks were stationed outside the Fire Department.
Shopping sprees were complimented with family-friendly activities at the library. There, Mrs. Claus read holiday stories along with seasonal crafts.
After dusk, strollers viewed a light parade on West Main Street with decorated vehicles representing residents, nonprofits and businesses. The Westborough High School Marching Band brought music to the parade route. Santa Claus arrived in his sleigh atop a flatbed truck.
The event culminated with the Rotarians’ long-running tree lighting at the rotary followed by kids meeting Santa. New this year, the lights display was professionally installed as phase one of a three-year plan.