Thousands come out for annual Holiday Stroll in Nashua
NASHUA— Main Street was filled with holiday cheer for the Annual Holiday Stroll. It marks the beginning of the Festive Season.
Ice carvings greet you at City Hall and stores have taken their merchandise to the streets for the 23rd annual Holiday Stroll in Downtown.
"We're here to announce Merry Christmas to everybody," said James Dunnell.
For James and his wife Patricia the stroll has a special place in their hearts.
"There were five of us that were merchants downtown and got together and decided to do a revitalization of downtown," Patricia Dunnell, who helped to start the Holiday Stroll.
The Dunnells had a clothing boutique. They say the stroll began as a way to bring the community downtown to help support local small business at a time they say they were really struggling.
Patricia says about 50 people came the first year and now it has grown to about 30-thousand people that parade behind Santa holding candles.
"There's no other time that everyone can walk down Main street singing Christmas carols then the stroll. It's so much fun and it definitely gets me in the Christmas mood," said Jackie Miller, this is her 20th time coming to the stroll.
For some like Jackie, it's a tradition that marks the start of the Holiday season they never miss. Others are excited to see Santa Claus.
"I'm gonna watch the tree light up." said Abby Mickle, attending the stroll for the first time.
As the crowd counts down Santa lights the tree and everyone cheers. Whether it's your first time or 23rd the stroll makes a large city feel like a small town for one night.
"We bring happiness to others and we seem to get happiness out of it as well," said Patricia Dunnell.