The Holiday Stroll weekend will kick off with The “Official” Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at Custom House Square Park by antique fire truck on Saturday at 12:00 noon. Santa will “stroll” with his admirers to MARE Studios on Center Street, where he will greet his young friends and pose for free, souvenir photos until 4 pm. At 4:30, Santa and Mrs. Claus will join the NB High and All-City Middle School Marching Bands and Color Guard for a parade up William Street to the Library steps. At 5:00 Mayor Jon Mitchell will welcome all for the City's official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Joined by Elected Officials and Miss New Bedford. A light show and a few new surprises will also delight you!!
Here is a brief description of what there is to do downtown during “The Stroll”. Downtown events include: Free photos with Santa at Mare’ Studio – craft vendor fairs at the Centre, Craft-O-Rama pop up Gallery, First Unitarian Church, NB Art Museum/ArtWorks!, and in the Whaling Museum lobby. Free children’s craft activities at BCC, the NB Art Museum/ArtWorks!,NB Whaling National Historical Park, andboth the YMCA and YWCA. Live entertainment in the Whaling Museum Auditorium, Seaman’s Bethel and Custom House Square Park. – Shop for unusual gifts, special treats and sales at stores, eateries and galleries throughout the downtown. Also on Saturday, from 2 – 4 pm., The Greater New Bedford Coral Society will provide musical blessings and good cheer. Strolling carolers will be led by music director and resident composer, Gerry Dyck. You might want to join in and sing along as they stroll about the Downtown! Look around andcast your vote f0r your favorites in the “Deck the Windows” contest!
On both Saturday and Sunday Downtown merchants and organizations have so much to offer and see. Here is a listing of where to go when you “Stroll” through Downtown New Bedford. Be sure to visit all the following to see what they have to offer at: Ahab’s Wife, be jeweled, The Bedford Merchant Gift Store, Bristol Community College, Cafe Arpeggio, Carter’s Clothing and Footwear, Celia's Boutique; The Centre; CRAFT-O-RAMA, Custom House Square Park –Buttonwood Park Zoo and NB Energy Now and Next Step Living, Destination Soups,Duff Gallery, Dunkin Donuts, First Unitarian Church, Freestone's City Grill, Gallery 65 on William, The Landing, Mare Studios and Gallery, Moby Dick Retail Gift Shop, Modern Exchange, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Whaling Museum with live performances in the Whaling Museum auditorium with the ShowStoppers’ Christmas Cabaret and Cheryl McCormack Dancers’ Holiday Show, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, No Problemo, Seaman’s Bethel/New Bedford Port Society hosting the NB Symphony Youth Orchestra, Tia Maria's European Café, TL6 the Gallery, Travessia Winery, The University Art Gallery, YMCA and YWCA of SE Mass , Antique Fire Truck rides will bring you around the downtown. All this and much more. Plus! Free parking!