Grafton Celebrates the Holidays returns Dec. 4

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Grafton Celebrates the Holidays returns Dec. 4
Crews decorate the tree in the Grafton Common. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

GRAFTON – Grafton Celebrates the Holidays returns for its 27th year on Dec. 4 with more than 30 businesses, churches and organizations serving as “Frosty Stops,” a craft and vendor fair, a home and business decorating contest, and other holiday happenings.

The event is sponsored by Grafton Recreation.

Look for the “Frosty Stop” snow bear logos at participating locations. Many stops are perennial favorites such the Polar Express Trackless Train Rides at UniBank, photos with Santa at Homefield Credit Union and the Craft and Vendor Fair at the Municipal Center Gym.

Other stops return year after year, including Bushel ‘n Peck serving up complimentary chicken noodle soup, Pepperoni Express handing out slices to those under 12, and Perreault Nurseries with a grab-and-go craft for the kids. The Baptist Church of Grafton, 1 South St., will be hosting its annual creche display from 1 to 5 p.m.

New stops this year include Pecorino Cheese Shop with cheese nibbles treats, a pancake breakfast at North Grafton Elementary School, a holiday picture to color and giveaways at Connections Physical Therapy and Gaudette Insurance Agency, which is offering custom-made cookies, a drop off for Toys for Tots and a raffle.

Special holiday performances will also be taking place at the Unitarian Universalist Society with the Three Kings of Swing from noon to 3 p.m. and the UUSGU Bell Choir at 12:30 p.m., and at Apple Tree Arts from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be holiday tunes played by a small chamber ensemble.

Head to the Common at 4 p.m. to join the Grafton Girl Scouts in singing winter songs with a symbolic lighting of Grafton’s first community menorah to follow. Then as always, Santa will be making his arrival on the Common at 4:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the common.

The Grafton Garden Club will be participating in the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located in the arts and crafts room of the Senior Center, the club will be helping kids and adults plant radish seeds in repurposed water bottles. Later in the month on Dec. 16, the Garden Club will host its Winter Party Celebration and Yankee Gift Swap at the Willard House and Clock Museum. Attendees will be able to take a tour and see the Victorian decorations and enjoy a holiday celebration.

If you want to join the gift swap, bring a wrapped gift worth approximately $10-15. Refreshments will be provided. This meeting is for Grafton Garden Club members and their invited guests only. Reservations are required by Dec. 9.

For detailed times and event descriptions and locations of Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, visit here.