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A ‘Special Day in Northfield’ Dec. 8

  • One of the two horse-drawn wagons that give rides around central Northfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO



Staff Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2018

NORTHFIELD — Classic winter activities, like horse-drawn wagon rides and gingerbread cookie decorating, will accompany new additions to the “Special Day in Northfield” holiday fair on Dec. 8, which goes from 10 a.m. through the evening.

For its 13th year, the event’s program includes a full day’s schedule of activities at the new Moody Center, and a reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Letters from Father Christmas” hosted by the C.S. Lewis Study Center at the Centennial House at 11 a.m.

Also new this year, the festival will include a lighting of trees in front of Town Hall.

The “Special Day in Northfield” was started as a family-oriented holiday event, emphasizing local shopping and kid-friendly activities like hands-on crafts and meetings with Santa Claus. Over the years, it has developed to cater to adults, as well, said Steve Stoia, a coordinator of the Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association, which is one of the event’s sponsors. Judging from the cookie tally at Mim’s Market in past years, Stoia said, the event typically draws over 500 people.

“It has become a tradition in town,” he said.

Shopping attractions will include an indoor farmers market in the First Parish Church, open until 3 p.m.; locally grown Christmas trees at 119 Cross Road; and Tom White’s annual pottery sale at 205 Winchester Road.

Cameron’s Winery will host an outdoor warming station with hot chocolate, cider and popcorn. Starting at 5 p.m., Cameron’s will host a supper with chicken and vegetable stews, and at 6 there will be a Celtic music show to benefit the Northfield Food Bank.

At 7 p.m. there will be a 1930s radio-style adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” at Centennial House at 94 Main Street. Tickets are $15 in advance.