Greeley Park hosting Santa on Saturday

NASHUA – Greeley Park will host a couple visitors from the North Pole on Saturday, with holiday music and photo opportunities. With the help of local neighbors and the Nashua Parks & Recreation Department, Santa in the Park will run from noon to 2 p.m.

“It’s always been a group of neighbors who do it, and we assist wherever they need us, but they run the show. We help them however much we can, but they’re the spearheaders,” Kellie DeSimone, program manager for the Nashua Parks & Recreation Department said.

This is a free event, and it will take place at the gazebo in Greeley Park with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at noon. At this time, families can stand in line enjoying popcorn and roasted chestnuts, along with music sung by carolers from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

“Every child will leave with a small gift, typically a book or basketball or volleyball. They get to pick what they want, and then on top of that, they get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus,” DeSimone said.

Parents are encouraged to bring their own camera to take their own pictures.

With decorations, small gifts and holiday cheer she said this is a “very enjoyable event.”

She said, normally, they have very grateful parents who can’t afford to get pictures taken with Santa at other places, so it’s an awesome option for them.

“We even have some families who bring their dogs instead of children. It’s an uplifting event to get into the holiday spirit,” DeSimone said.

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