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Downtown Leominster is Again Lighting Spirits with Winter Stroll

November 27, 2018

Yanelis and Justin Vasquez pose inside a picture frame created by Sizer students during the annual Winter Stroll in Leominster last year. It's being held this Saturday downtown. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE file photo Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Peter Jasinski

pjasinski@sentinel andenterprise.com

LEOMINSTER -- The snow may already be melting, but that won’t stop the Winter Stroll.

The city’s annual holiday season kickoff is now in its 13th year and will be flooding the downtown area with free events and activities this Saturday.

“It’s like a Hallmark movie come to life in downtown Leominster,” said city Small Business Coordinator Melissa Tasca, who is coordinating the Stroll. “It’s a day for you to enjoy with your friends and family and it’s fun for all ages.”

Beginning at 3 p.m., food trucks and holiday-themed vendors will congregate around Monument Square. Children and families will get the chance to explore wintery bounce houses, go on a train ride, or have their pictures taken inside a giant snow globe, but there will be other attractions intended for guests attending without children.

One new feature this year will be an “inflatable pub” that Tasca said will resemble an old tavern and be serving a menu of beer and cocktails throughout the afternoon.

City Hall will be hosting its annual Gingerbread Festival, during which children can decorate a life-sized gingerbread house in the building’s auditorium.

Also in City Hall will be the Festival of Trees. A total 35 trees have been donated this year, which people can bid on for a chance to take their favorite tree home with them. Each tree has been donated by a different resident, business, or organization and is covered with decorations and gift items the winning bidders are allowed to keep. All proceeds from the auction go to the city’s fuel assistance fund and the expenses for future city events. A total of $3,600 was raised last year.

“They look great and they’re all so different,” Tasca said of the trees now on display at City Hall. “You’d think once you’ve seen 40 trees one year, you’ve seen them all, but every year they outdo themselves.”

Saturday will culminate with a lighted parade through downtown Leominster at 5 p.m., immediately followed by the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Monument Square.

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