Celebrate Christmas in Hollis with stroll, holiday concert

Luminaria Stroll and Winter Holiday Concert

HOLLIS – Imagine 3,600 glowing paper lanterns lining the streets of historic Hollis center. A majestic twinkling tree and carols filling the air create a magical backdrop to the community holiday celebration. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the town comes to life with events for all ages. Just stroll through the town and enjoy the atmosphere or participate in the many family events concluding in a festive Town Band Concert.

The afternoon and evening events are as follows:

• 4 p.m.: Candles will be lit and the meetinghouse will be open to warm visitors.

• 4:15 p.m.: Church chimes will begin ringing with Christmas music. There is a Chili and Cornbread Supper in Hardy Hall. Holiday stories continually read in the children’s library.

• 4:30 p.m.: Tree lighting in the Square. Lit Tractor Parade with Santa Claus.

• 5-6:30 p.m.: Santa arrives at Lawrence Barn to greet his young friends. Enjoy cookies and cocoa while visiting. Hay Rides sponsored by Brookdale Farms.

• 7 p.m.: Annual Hollis Town Band Holiday Concert at the Hollis Brookline High School auditorium.

More on the concert

A tradition for over 20 years, this annual event features over 100 band members and singers performing holiday classics, original compositions and unique medleys such as “Christmas Travelogue,” a collection of songs from places in Europe, Hanukkah songs and a “Christmas Jazz Suite” by Bill Holcombe. A highlight of the concert will be a clarinet choir performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” In addition, Hollis resident, Richard Mills, will narrate ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The audience will be invited to sing “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” and the festivities will conclude with a Christmas carol sing-along.

Admission is a non-perishable food item (please, no glass) for food baskets to be distributed in the local area. The concert is a cooperative effort with the Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church of Hollis who will be raising money for perishable basket items by selling delicious home-baked goods. Cash donations are also welcome. Last year, over 50 food baskets were distributed to those in need. The group is hoping to top 60 baskets this year.

The celebration is truly a village effort. To usher in the holiday season the Hollis Woman’s Club, Hollis Brookline Rotary, NorEaster Snowmobile Club, Hollis Agricultural Committee, Hollis Historical Society, Friends of the Hollis Library, Congregational Church of Hollis and Boy Scouts sponsor the Luminaria Stroll.

For more information, contact Kimber Harmon at Kimber Harmon106@gmail.com or visit hollistownband.info.