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Home for the Holidays

Friday 12/1 - Sunday 12/3

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome back Home for the Holidays, a citywide holiday open house that ushers in the holiday season in our community over two days.

Friday Evening Festivities:

5:45pm: Join us on the lawn of City Hall for holiday singing with local group!

6:00pm – 6:15pm: Cheer and Sing as we light the City Hall Christmas Tree! Then stroll down towards the YMCA to await Santa’s arrival.

Around 6:30pm: Led by Melrose High School Drummers, Santa Claus will arrive in downtown Melrose atop a Fire Engine!

6:00 - 8:00 pm: Temple Beth Shalom is once again offering delicious latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (donuts) and beverages outside of the Temple (21 East Foster Street).

After the trees along Main Street are lit, we hope you will join SANTA at the Knights of Columbus for pictures, hot cocoa, holiday music, and more!

Saturday Fun:

All day on Saturday, the city will be full of fairs, performances, sales, specials, The Nutcracker, and all sorts of fun that will last throughout the weekend.

Special holiday trolleys will run from 10:00am – 2:00pm, carrying shoppers throughout the shopping districts, for free. The trolleys are made possible by our generous business sponsors below.

*Be sure to visit Cedar Park for 'reindeer' rides, cookie decorating, a hot cocoa bar, and a visit from Santa between 11am - 12 pm!*

  • Free trolleys will run from 10:00am – 2:00pm and originate at Cedar Park with stops throughout Melrose. Hop on and off!
  • The last trolleys out of Cedar Park will be at 1:40PM as the trolleys stop running all together at 2:00pm sharp so please plan your travels accordingly.
  • For the safety of all passengers, we ask that you leave strollers at home or at Cedar Park.

*Activities may be subject to change.

Sunday Fun:

Mini Swap Day: Winter Holiday Decor

Chamber members Lend and Mend and Zero Waste Melrose proudly present Swap Day for a special (mini) winter holiday decor edition! This free event has special guidelines because it is indoors with space limitations. Swap only indoor winter holiday decor items in the categories of:

  • Tabletop pieces and sets (serving dishes, dinnerware, mugs, glasses, linens)
  • Christmas tree décor (ornaments, toppers, stands, skirts, lights)
  • Gift wrap, bags, tissue, bows, ribbons, tags, and cards
  • Other indoor winter holiday décor and knickknacks
  • String lights - testing and repair, fix your lights to keep or swap
  • All winter holidays welcome! Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Festivus, etc.
  • Limits: For contributions, max total weight of 20 lbs and a total volume carryable by one person.

Date and time: Sunday, December 3, 11 am - 2 pm. Drop-off ends at 1 pm.

Location: 368 Main Street. Public parking available on Main St and in municipal lots.

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Mt. Hood Park Association of Melrose “Children’s Holiday Party”

The Mt. Hood Park Association of Melrose is sponsoring their free annual “Children’s Holiday Party” on Sunday, December 3rd from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Mount Hood Golf Clubhouse (100 Slayton Road, Melrose, MA).

Join us for an afternoon of fun and music in one of the most beautiful venues in Melrose at the historic and beautiful clubhouse at Mount Hood Memorial Park and Golf Course.

Come and meet Santa Claus and receive free candy canes, enjoy live musical entertainment, and receive free balloons twisted into various shapes by the Balloon Magic of Yarrow! Desserts and refreshments will be served.


Any questions, please email our Executive Director, Stephanie Nelson: or call (781) 665-3033.

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