Luminary Stroll, Winter Holiday Concert planned in Hollis

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Holiday luminarias are part of an age-old tradition in many countries dating to the 16th century.

Today, they continue to be a beautiful and inspiring way to celebrate the season of darkness.

Luminaries are usually paper bags with a little sand as a base and a votive candle that is lit. Today, people use them as part of their family celebrations, holidays and as decorative touches throughout the year.

The Hollis Woman’s Club and the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club are sponsoring the Hollis Holiday Luminary Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 12. Starting at 1 p.m., members of these organizations, along with Boy Scout Troop 12, will be placing the luminary bags around Monument Square.

Our country village square has been photographed in many New England publications and is representative of what a quaint village square resembles. We are proud of our square and can’t wait to show it off with the ambiance of a thousand candles.

Residents are invited to help us light the square at 4 p.m. When all the luminary bags are lit and the square is all aglow, Santa will make his travels through the center of town by lighted tractor and hay wagon to his destination – the Lawrence Barn on Depot Road – where he will visit with his young friends.

Parents may take their own pictures of their children sitting on Santa’s lap for a small donation to help offset the cost of the afternoon. Hot cocoa and refreshments will be available for purchase.

At 7 p.m., the Hollis Town Band will perform its annual Winter Holiday Concert in the Hollis Brookline High School auditorium. Admission is a donation of canned goods. The concert features a wide variety of works for band and chorus, including symphonic pieces and popular holiday classics. Included each year are a sing-along and a rousing rendition of Handel’s "Messiah."

Come and enjoy the spirit of the season with us as we light up our country village. Bring your children to see Santa and sing along to the holiday music the Hollis Town Band performs. It will be a magical and glowing evening.

For more information, contact Kimber Harmon, president of the Hollis Woman’s Club, at KimberHarmon106@gmail.com.

The Hollis Woman’s Club wants to thank the Hollis Boy Scout Troop 12, the Hollis Historical Society, the Friends of the Hollis Social Library, the Congregational Church of Hollis, the Heritage Commission and the Hardy family of Brookdale Farms for their participation in and support of this event.

Luminary Stroll, Winter Holiday Concert planned in Hollis

Submitted to the Journal

Holiday luminarias are part of an age-old tradition in many countries dating to the 16th century.

Today, they continue to be a beautiful and inspiring way to celebrate the season of darkness.

Luminaries are usually paper bags with a little sand as a base and a votive candle that is lit. Today, people use them as part of their family celebrations, holidays and as decorative touches throughout the year.

The Hollis Woman’s Club and the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club are sponsoring the Hollis Holiday Luminary Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 12. Starting at 1 p.m., members of these organizations, along with Boy Scout Troop 12, will be placing the luminary bags around Monument Square.

Our country village square has been photographed in many New England publications and is representative of what a quaint village square resembles. We are proud of our square and can’t wait to show it off with the ambiance of a thousand candles.

Residents are invited to help us light the square at 4 p.m. When all the luminary bags are lit and the square is all aglow, Santa will make his travels through the center of town by lighted tractor and hay wagon to his destination – the Lawrence Barn on Depot Road – where he will visit with his young friends.

Parents may take their own pictures of their children sitting on Santa’s lap for a small donation to help offset the cost of the afternoon. Hot cocoa and refreshments will be available for purchase.

At 7 p.m., the Hollis Town Band will perform its annual Winter Holiday Concert in the Hollis Brookline High School auditorium. Admission is a donation of canned goods. The concert features a wide variety of works for band and chorus, including symphonic pieces and popular holiday classics. Included each year are a sing-along and a rousing rendition of Handel’s "Messiah."

Come and enjoy the spirit of the season with us as we light up our country village. Bring your children to see Santa and sing along to the holiday music the Hollis Town Band performs. It will be a magical and glowing evening.

For more information, contact Kimber Harmon, president of the Hollis Woman’s Club, at KimberHarmon106@gmail.com.

The Hollis Woman’s Club wants to thank the Hollis Boy Scout Troop 12, the Hollis Historical Society, the Friends of the Hollis Social Library, the Congregational Church of Hollis, the Heritage Commission and the Hardy family of Brookdale Farms for their participation in and support of this event.