Holiday Stroll puts Nashua on the map

On Saturday, thousand – actually tens of thousands – will descend on downtown Nashua for an annual tradition unrivaled in most cities in this great nation.

The Winter Holiday Stroll will kick off at 9 a.m., with the handing out of tote bags full of giveaways right here at The Telegraph. The first 400 people will receive the free bag.

From there, visits from Santa are slated for 1-4 p.m. and 5:45-9:45 p.m. at 30 Temple St.

Main Street’s restaurants also will be open, as well as food trucks serving everything from fried dough to barbecue, whoopie pies and seafood.

At 5 p.m., a candlelit procession will traverse Main Street from City Hall to Railroad Square, where the city’s 72-foot Christmas tree will be lit.

Altogether, 30,000-plus people are expected to make that short journey.

“It really is an incredible sight,” said Great American Downtown Executive Director Shea. “It’s going to be an electric evening.”

Shea is on the mark. City crews already have been hard at work preparing downtown Nashua for the special event. In addition, businesses along Main Street also are decorating, putting their best foot forward for a day of fun that puts the Gate City on the map.

It truly is amazing what can be accomplished when everyone works together.