From North Pole to a Christmas Stroll, Santa arrives in Marion

Dec 9, 2018

MARION — Santa Claus cruised up to the wintry shores of Marion on Sunday to kick off an array of activities for the annual Christmas Stroll.

Moments after a performance by the Sippican Elementary School band, the crowd saw the familiar figure out on the water near Island Wharf. “I see him!” shouted clusters of young onlookers.

Children of all ages and their parents ran to greet Santa, clad in his signature red and white uniform, as he made his way from the wharf towards his horse-drawn carriage for a stroll around the village.

Residents who braved the frigid temperatures were also greeted by the local businesses on Front Street, who sponsor the event. Businesses opened their doors and offered up hot chocolate, warm cider and a variety of snacks to warm up the crowds. 

The festivities included arts and crafts inside the Music Hall, and performances by both the Showstoppers and the Sippican Elementary School band. 

After the stroll, residents made their way to Bicentennial Park for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. 

Once the tree was lit, Santa listened to the wishes of children who were eager to tell him what they want for Christmas this year.