The city’s festivities kick off Friday.
Christmas in Quincy is an elaborate affair, and festivities begin the minute thanksgiving is over.
The first of several city-sponsored events is the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree on the Hancock-Adams Common at 1305 Hancock St. The common will be decked out with twinkling lights and a host of holiday displays from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.
Caroling Victorian characters will stroll through the common, street performers will put on shows and costumed characters will stop to take photos for the entire two hours. Ice sculptures will be on display, an activity to write letters to Santa will be available for children and free popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.
At 5 p.m. will be a Donna Marie puppet show, the Quincy/North Quincy High combined choir will perform at 5:45 p.m., and at 6:15 Mayor Thomas Koch and a special guest will host the tree lighting ceremony.
Last year was the first that Quincy’s annual celebration took place in the newly-opened common, which was completely decked out with thousands of twinkling lights and larger-than-life nutcrackers. Letters to Santa can be placed in Santa’s Mail Box in the common all season long.
Festivities continue the next day with Santa’s arrival. At noon on Saturday, Nov. 30, Santa and his elves will arrive to Pageant Field by parachute. While attendees wait for the North Pole’s finest to touch down, hay rides around the field will be offered and visiting costumed characters will be on hand.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, the city is hosting Fair Saturday at various locations around Quincy. Fair Saturday is an internationally-celebrated festival of local arts and culture, and Quincy is the first official U.S. city to participate.
A dozen events will happen around the city including a Quincy People and Places exhibit at the Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music will be performed throughout the day in a tent on the Hancock-Adams Green, and a Broadway concert will take place at United First Parish Church from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A full list of Fair Saturday activities is available at quincyma.gov.
The weekend’s activities wrap up Sunday with the 67th annual Christmas Parade through Quincy Center. This year’s parade theme, chosen by Dolly DiPesa, is “Christmas around the world.”
The parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Hancock St. and Walter J. Hannon Parkway. The route continues up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School.
Parking will be available at the Ross lot and at the President’s Place parking garage for a fee. Quincy police annually remind festival goers to pay close attention to no parking signs.