Santa Claus (and everyone else) was coming to town

A Santa kayaks in Marblehead Harbor to raise money for Marblehead Food Pantry. Photo by Libby O'Neill

The Marblehead Christmas Walk took place last weekend and it was a huge success despite the parade cancellation due to inclimate weather. The Walk celebrated its 51st anniversary in a big way. The festivities began around 5:30 p.m. Friday night with the tree lighting taking place at 7 p.m. next to the National Grand  Bank. Community Award Winner and Person of the Year Brian Wheeler was the honorary member selected to light the tree. 

The party continued well into the weekend with hot cocoa and Christmas sweets being offered at a number of local businesses and churches. Mr. and Mrs. Claus were busy all day on Saturday as they took an opportunity to take photos with kids and their families at Marblehead High School. The day was wrapped up with the Festival Chorus Holiday Concert which took place at Old North Church and started at 8 p.m. 

On Sunday, Santa decided to test his luck paddle boarding and kayaking out on the water to support the Marblehead Food Pantry. Hot chocolate and other holiday treats were once again plentiful throughout town, and the weekend winded down with some music courtesy of Molly Williams and the Shooting Stars taking place at Abbot Hall at 2 p.m., followed by another performance of the Festival Chorus Holiday Concert at Old North Church. 

It was another successful year for the Christmas Walk, which was hosted by the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, and has been going strong for half a century. Each year, the walk “aims to captures the warmth of the holiday season throughout the entire town,” and sets residents up to make the most out of the month of December. 

  • Ryan Vermette is the Item's Marblehead reporter. He graduated from Springfield College in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Sports Journalism. While in school, he wrote multiple sports articles for the school newspaper, the Springfield Student, and joined Essex Media Group in August, 2022. Ryan is a college basketball fanatic and an avid Boston sports fan and in his free time, enjoys video games and Marvel movies.