Holiday hijinks at the YMCA

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart William Masson Jr. and William Masson III go head-to-head in a marshmallow snowball race during the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s North Pole Extravaganza Saturday morning. This father vs. son matchup ended in a tie, but the two had a blast using a straw to blow their marshmallow across the finish line.

NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua spread some holiday cheer Saturday morning by hosting its eighth North Pole Extravaganza.

Many families stopped by between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to embrace the holiday spirit while having festive fun with the various crafts and activities available, including a live music performance by Crescendo’s Gate, balloon animals and face painting to name a few. Other games offered were marshmallow snowball races and fishing for candy canes, which was quite popular.

“It’s one of the events that we look forward to the most here at the Y,” Director of Enrichment and Family Services Tiffany Joslin said.

She said they offer one big family event each month and that Saturday’s extravaganza was part of their 12 days of Christmas events leading up to Dec. 24. She said other events include gingerbread house making, a couple performances and more.

“It gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” Joslin said. “All of our family events are free for the community. So, we’re trying to get the community more involved and getting them time with their families has been a big thing, and this gives them a place to do that.”

Many families passed through the YMCA of Greater Nashua Saturday morning for its eighth North Pole Extravaganza.

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