Another magical downtown holiday program

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – For generations, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce has been proudly hosting Springfield’s Downtown Holiday Program. In recent years, we teamed up with Springfield on the Move to expand the offerings and bring even more cheer and festivity to the event. The holiday program continues to grow, and it truly takes a village to pull the whole thing off.

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Turner Shute, age 5, enjoying his holiday visit with Santa. Photo provided

This year’s program kicked off Friday, Dec. 6 with SOM’s Sticker Map Treasure Hunt. Holiday music filled the air as children and their families explored the luminary-lined streets of downtown, visiting participating businesses and organizations to collect the stickers to complete their maps and receive some treats. Once completed, the maps were turned in at SOM in exchange for a holiday surprise. Thank you to Shirley Cooper and Lori Graves Maseda for donating handmade mittens and hats.

At 5:30 p.m., the Springfield Community Band launched into a myriad of festive tunes to entertain the crowds in People’s United Bank lot as they eagerly anticipated Santa’s arrival. The distant sound of sirens could be heard, as Santa’s fire truck and police escort made their way to the center of town. Cheers erupted as Santa emerged to greet the crowd. He made his merry way through the masses to Santa’s House, where he chose a lucky little child to help him flip the magic switch to light the holiday tree. Then Santa settled in the house to receive his long line of visitors, checking twice to be sure of who was naughty or nice and giving presents to all the girls and boys.

We’d like to offer our gratitude to all the folks who helped to make this year’s event such a success. A huge thank you to H.B. Energy Solutions for lighting the poles, hanging the banners, and putting up the magnificent tree, donated by Chris and Vanessa Bishop of Christmas Trees at Bishop Farm.

Thank you to our partners at SOM for helping to provide family-friendly fun for the community. Thanks to People’s United Bank for providing a safe space for the festivities. Thank you to CERT and the volunteers who helped with directing traffic to keep everyone safe. Thank you to Mascoma Bank for supporting this year’s program. Thank you to Dragonfly Designs for sponsoring free hot cocoa at Flying Crow Coffee Co. Thank you to the town of Springfield for supporting repairs to the light poles. Thank you to Springfield Police and Fire departments for escorting Santa. Thank you to the Springfield Community Band and Springfield Community Players. Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that decorated their windows with enthusiasm and participated in this great event. Thank you to all the individuals who contributed time and effort in so many ways. Thank you to Santa for coming to town and to everyone who came out last Friday night to participate and share in the fun!

Santa will have additional visiting hours at his house in the People’s United Bank lot on Thursday, Dec. 12; Thursday, Dec. 19; and Monday, Dec. 23, from 4-7 p.m., courtesy of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Written by Caitlin Christiana, Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

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