Holiday parade, Christmas tree lighting set for Dec. 4

The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department and the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join us in kicking off the official holiday season in Merrimack by entering a float into the 23rd annual Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4. There is no cost to participate, just some creative thinking and group fun. The theme of this year’s parade is: "A Griswold Family Christmas."

The parade will start at 3 p.m. in the Commons Shopping Plaza, 515 Daniel Webster Highway. It will travel south down Daniel Webster Highway to Baboosic Lake Road and will then turn left onto McElwain Street and end in the parking lot at Merrimack Town Hall (6 Baboosic Lake Road).

Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated floats. Entries will be judged on creativity, holiday spirit and connection to the parade theme. Winners will be announced during the tree lighting ceremony.

The Official tree lighting ceremony, including a reading of "T’was the Night Before Christmas" with Santa and Mrs. Claus, will take place at Abbie Griffin Park (behind Town Hall) immediately following the parade (approximately 3:45 p.m.). If you are interested in participating in the annual Holiday Parade, please visit our website at www.merrimackparksandrec.org/events.html to download the registration form. Completed registration forms are due no later than Friday, Dec. 2 and can be returned by mail, email, fax or in person to: Merrimack Parks & Recreation, 116 Naticook Road Merrimack, NH 03054. Fax: 603-883-5335. Email: mcasparius@

Volunteers needed

If you are interested in volunteering to help us coordinate the annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting event or being a part of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 882-1046 or email Parks & Recreation Director Matt Casparius at: mcasparius@merrimacknh.gov. For complete event details, please visit our website at www.merrimackparksandrec.org/events.html.

Submitted by
Merrimack Parks &
Recreation Department