MARLBOROUGH – After 2020’s hiatus due to the pandemic, this year’s well-attended Home for the Holidays celebration took place on Dec. 3 at Marlborough’s Union Common.
Santa Claus arrived via the city’s Ladder 1 firetruck with a bagful of candy canes for children and then heard their gift wishes. Kids also got the chance to pet live barn animals.
The Marlborough Recreation Department provided hot chocolate, popcorn and glow sticks, which were distributed by students from Advanced Math and Science Academy.
Meanwhile, the Marlborough High School (MHS) Mixed Chorus with some alumni sang carols under the direction of Shannon McNulty. Duets were also performed by MHS alumni Mike and Nick Mosca, brothers who graduated in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Union Common became brighter and more colorful when Mayor Arthur Vigeant lit the holiday tree.
In past years, musical performances by MHS students have continued inside the nearby First Church in Marlborough. However, complying with safety concerns, all of this year’s Home for the Holidays’ activities were held outdoors.