Polar Express Pajama Party returns to tech school Friday

  • Franklin County Technical School staff members dressed up for last year’s Polar Express Pajama Party. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/5/2019 6:27:07 PM
Modified: 12/5/2019 6:26:57 PM

TURNERS FALLS — As the holidays near, Franklin County Technical School will take a festive journey Friday with its second annual Polar Express Pajama Party.

The family event will be held at 6 p.m. at the school at 82 Industrial Blvd. The cost is $2 per person, and space is limited — the event is open to the first 300 people to register by calling 413-863-9561, ext. 233 or by emailing: polarexpress@fcts.us. Everyone attending is encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a pillow, blanket and sleeping bag.

“The community feedback from last year was amazing, so we wanted to make sure we put on the event again,” said Daniel Prasol, the technical school’s science teacher and chief organizer of the Polar Express Pajama Party. “There were quite a few families who said we brought a little festive cheer to their holiday and that’s what this event was all about. We hope this year we can bring the same joy to the community and its families again.”

The book, “The Polar Express” will be read by someone dressed as the young boy who rides the train to the North Pole with other children. Following the reading, Santa Claus will deliver the First Gift of Christmas bell to all children who attend. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for photos when the reading is over.

Franklin County Technical School will be decked out in holiday decorations for the event. Christmas trees will line the corridor, which will be known Friday as the North Pole, leading to the North Pole Train Station and the Assembly Hall. “Travelers” will have the opportunity to judge the best tree, and each traveler will receive one free cookie and hot chocolate. Other refreshments will be on sale.

While at the North Pole, children will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa, as well as play games and participate in activities, including making an ornament and face painting. Classic cartoons like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” will also be playing throughout the evening.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.


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