GRAFTON –There will be more than thirty “Frosty Stops” all over the Grafton communities when the town celebrates its annual holiday event on Sunday, December 8, and thousands of people are expected to join in the festivities.
Originally the brainchild of Grafton Recreation Director Betty Wright, Grafton Celebrates the Holidays began more than twenty years ago as a collaboration of merchants, churches, and organizations on the Common, and slowly grew to be a town-wide celebration, said John Stephens, who coordinates the event for the Recreation Commission.
“This is way for merchants to thank the community for supporting them throughout the year,” said John. “They will offer special activities, giveaways, contests, and raffles.”
He noted some of the hightlights in this year's celebration. UniBank, which opened a branch in Grafton earlier this year, will feature a trackless trolley that kids can ride around the parking lot. Also new this year, the Brigham Hill Community Barn on Wheeler Road will offer free horse-drawn sleigh rides through the fields. Mill Village Park on Main Street in South Grafton will host a petting zoo and camel rides. Bobo will be clowning around at the Broadmeadow Plaza in South Grafton.
Perennial favorites include St. Andrews Episcopal Church's gingerbread contest, the Baptist Church's collection of more than 100 creches, old and new, and the craft fair at the Municipal Center.
The star attraction, Santa, will be spending the afternoon in his workshop at the Grafton Suburban Credit Union's main office at 86 Worcester Road in North Grafton. Kelly Benoit, vice president for retail services, who has been orchestrating Santa's visit to the bank for many years told us she expects a busy afternoon. “Five hundred kids plus their parents will come through here for pictures and letters.”
At 4:30, Santa arrives at the Common on the fire department's Ladder Truck 1 for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and caroling with the Girl Scouts.
Grafton Suburban Credit Union, UniBank, and the YESOD Foundation are the major sponsors for this year's celebration.
Most events take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. For the complete list of activities, participants, times and map, go to the town website www.grafton-ma.gov and click on the link at the bottom of the page. John said the brochure should be available on November 22.