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Santa’s coming ‘Home for the Holidays’

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John Paul,and Ryan Delabruere , 5,and 4,of Greenfield sit with Santa Claus, of the North Pole , at the Pushkin gallery During Saturday's Home For the Holiday's GBA event, which included fundraising activities that helps with holiday lighting and other activities provided by Greenfield businesses. 

story  BD  09/12/5    Geoff Bluh

John Paul,and Ryan Delabruere , 5,and 4,of Greenfield sit with Santa Claus, of the North Pole , at the Pushkin gallery During Saturday's Home For the Holiday's GBA event, which included fundraising activities that helps with holiday lighting and other activities provided by Greenfield businesses. story BD 09/12/5 Geoff Bluh Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Business Association plans to kick off its “Home for the Holidays” event with a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday .

Santa will find his way to Greenfield as the town celebrates with carols, a store window decorating contest, the lighting of the town tree, and some hot cocoa.

The latest in the Landmark Ornament series, depicting a 50-year-old Greenfield Community College, will also be for sale.

The GBA will welcome Santa at Veterans Mall, where he is due to arrive on a fire truck at 1 p.m.

If the weather is bad, he will be welcoming children at the Pushkin Gallery on the corner of Federal and Main streets instead.

Residents may enter to win $50 in Greenfield Dollars by voting for their favorite store window — ballots with maps will be available at participating businesses and the GBA booth at Veterans Mall.

Each participating business will have a ballot box, where residents may cast their vote.

There will be a snowman poster in the window of participating businesses — participation will extend beyond Main Street, so the GBA would like all to “be prepared to walk short distances to find captivating displays.”

The schedule for the event is:

∎  1 to 3 p.m.: Santa arrives and visits

∎  3 to 5 p.m.: caroling along Main Street

∎  4:30 p.m.: the tree lighting

There will be hot cocoa available and ornaments for sale throughout the day.

GBA Coordinator Kate Snyder said Greenfield streets will be decked out with festive holiday lights provided by the association’s Holiday Lights program.

Each year, the lights enhance the celebratory and downtown experience for shoppers, said Snyder.

The lights, which have a New Orleans flair, were designed last year by Ashfield resident Nan Parati.

The GBA raises funds to pay for the lights by asking businesses to sponsor a star on each light pole.

For more information or to purchase a star, call the GBA at 413-774-2791.

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