By Amanda C. Thompson
Every family has holiday traditions, from decking halls to spinning dreidels. If your community is your family, then look no further than Cohasset’s annual Holiday Stroll for a tradition everyone can share. The Board of Selectmen formally approved the event on Nov. 22.
The Stroll is scheduled for 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. South Main Street will be closed to traffic from Brook Street to Elm Street. Come see the village sparkle in all its holiday splendor, and join village businesses in celebrating the season!
Guests of all ages will find something to enjoy, whether that’s family activities for parents with young children, shopping, beverages, and art for the adults, or live music, games, and raffles for teens at the Rec Center behind the Red Lion Inn.
Parents can take their kids to see Santa at Coldwell Banker. Or, write him a letter at Coastal Realtors. Swing by Darilynn’s for craft time. Moms and dads can take a moment to enjoy Darilynn’s Open House while they’re there.
Then, visit the elf at Pilgrim Bank to get a balloon animal before hopping on the festive hayride. Don’t miss the ice sculpture on Depot Court!
Warm up afterward with hot cocoa and candy canes at Sotheby’s Realtors, who will also be holding a gingerbread house raffle. Then head over to the Common for the big tree-lighting ceremony! Finally, commemorate the night with a picture at Raveis Realtors’ photo booth.
Guests of all ages will enjoy the holiday bell-ringing at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Shoppers should be sure to visit the tent sale at OutsideIn and the "Bubbly Bling" event at Pink Tulip, featuring pop-up shops by King Jewelers and Bella Aesthetics.
Snacks and beverages will be available from Balance Studio. Also be sure to take a stroll through the South Shore Art Center to see their holiday gallery!
Teens in grades eight through 12 are invited to the Ground Level coffeehouse, sponsored by Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition and located at the Rec Center behind Red Lion Inn.
Born in Cohasset, raised in Marshfield, Ground Level is the South Shore’s only open mic coffeehouse for teens. It’s now returning to its roots to launch a second location after three and a half successful years of music, art, coffee and camaraderie.
The open house will feature performances by some of Ground Level’s signature performers. Open mic slots will be available for teen musicians, poets, storytellers and comedians who would like to perform.
Snacks, espresso drinks, and board games will be provided, along with free raffle entries. Copies of the Ground Level compilation CDs will be for sale.
Starting in January, Ground Level will be running Friday night events for teens, including open mics, game nights, and more. Connect with @GroundLevelCaf on social media to learn more.
The Holiday Stroll is coordinated by the Cohasset Chamber of Commerce.