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20th Annual Millbury Chain of Lights

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 5, 2018— It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Join in a festive, day-long celebration of holiday entertainment, unique gifts, and mouth-watering food, as the businesses and organizations of Millbury welcome you to the 20th annual Millbury Chain of Lights on Sunday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bigger than ever for our 20th anniversary, more than 30 Chain of Lights stops will offer a wide variety of holiday shopping, music and entertainment, activities, crafts, raffles, food and refreshments, and giveaways. Old-fashioned trolleys will provide free transportation around town. The day will be capped off with a tree-lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the picturesque Millbury bandstand at Asa Waters Mansion at dusk.
Returning this year is the Chain of Lights Gingerbread House Contest. Make a gingerbread house display and drop it off at the Cake Shop Café in the Felters Mill, 22 West St., on Saturday, December 1, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. During Sunday’s event, visitors will vote by secret ballot for the best gingerbread house in each category, with winners receiving a Cake Shop Café gift certificate!
Also back by popular demand are “The Harmony Jewels,” an a cappella group of Christmas carolers who will stroll throughout town from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., as well as “Vinny the Bubble Guy,” with his giant and spectacular bubbles floating on the town common from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. And don’t miss your chance to spin the 96-SRS prize wheel and meet on-air personality Tony Bristol from Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.
While making your rounds, don’t forget to enter the Chain of Lights visitor contest. Get stamps at each stop and be entered in a raffle with a chance to win as much as $100!
Many thanks for corporate event sponsors Goretti’s Supermarket, Keenan & Trudell, Millbury Family Dentistry, MMC Tax & Business Advisors, Millbury Savings Bank, and Solar Wolf Energy, along with event sponsor Ray’s True Value Hardware.
Pick up your official Millbury Chain of Lights Guide at any of the participating locations, many sponsor locations, and other venues around town, or download it from the town’s website at or
Stops are open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and include:
ASA WATERS MANSION, 123 ELM ST. 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Join in an old-fashioned Christmas celebration with Santa & Mrs. Claus, carolers, dancers, refreshments, and grand raffle. Town tree-lighting takes place at dusk on the lawn.
ASSUMPTION SCHOOL, 17 GROVE ST. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Join us for a winter carnival and craft fair! We’ll offer games for kids, a café for lunch, baked goods, and raffles—something for everyone!
BOY SCOUT TROOP 110, TOWN COMMON. Toast marshmallows with the Boy Scouts. Warm up by the fire and grab a cup of hot chocolate. Free!
CAKE SHOP CAFÉ, 22A WEST ST. Enjoy free holiday-themed treats! Also hosting the Chain of Lights Gingerbread House Contest. Vote for the best display!
CAREONE AT MILLBURY, 312 MILLBURY AVE. The CareOne Holiday Fair features homemade crafts, blankets, baskets, roll-up raffle, vendors, café, and more!
THE CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE, 22 WEST ST. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Featuring new and gently loved children’s clothing, shoes, toys, games, baby gear and more. Enter our free raffle for a $25 gift certificate!
COUNTRY CANDLE, 10 WEST ST. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Visit our candle factory outlet and browse our array of holiday gifts. Kids enjoy a special candle-dipping activity!
EAGLE’S PERCH GALLERY, HAWK HILL ORCHARDS, 83 CARLETON RD. See “Art Honoring the Natural World,” featuring the photography of Jack Swedberg. Also enjoy hot cider and roasted nuts.
ELM DRAUGHT HOUSE, 35 ELM ST. Continuous holiday features and the Patriots game in our historic theater. Beer, wine, soda, pizza, nachos and more. Free small popcorn. Gift certificates and T-shirts available.
ELMHURST DAIRY FARMS, 4 FJELLMAN RD. Explore our dairy farm and choose a Christmas tree or wreath. Purchase maple syrup, honey, and eggnog, and pose for a picture with Santa at 2:30 p.m.
FELTERS MILL, 22 WEST ST. Take a stroll through our mill, all decked out for the holidays, and enjoy a festive treat while visiting many of our businesses.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, SENIOR CENTER, 1 RIVER ST. Enter our raffle and shop baked goods and magnets made by parishioners.
THE FLORAL BOUTIQUE, 242 MILLBURY AVE. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Celebrate the magic of Christmas while browsing artistic arrangements and collectible giftware. We specialize in custom designs for home or special occasions. Refreshments, door prizes.
HAWK HILL ORCHARDS, 83 CARLETON RD. Visit our country store for jams, preserves, fudge, honey, maple syrup, cider donuts, breads, apple dumplings, and more!
KRAVE FITNESS & NUTRITION, 22 WEST ST. Come try the kids’ fitness obstacle course! Also take a chance on our special raffles and contests.
MICHAEL GRAVES STUDIO, 10 HAYWARD LN. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Mike is a nationally known Plein-air artist and lifelong Millbury resident. See his finished works! Original 4"x4" ornaments also available (supply limited).
THE MILL CHURCH, 45 RIVER ST. Visit our petting zoo and craft fair. Face painting. Free coffee and hot chocolate. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and Shepherd’s pie for sale. Patriots game on the big screen!
MILLBURY BAPTIST CHURCH, 17 MAIN ST. Noon–4:30 p.m. Join us for cookie decorating and buy cookies. Then, stay and have lunch, serving delicious meatball subs! Sign a card for veterans. All proceeds go to local missions.
MILLBURY CUB SCOUT PACK 108, SENIOR CENTER, 1 RIVER ST. Offering collectible ceramic Christmas ornaments featuring a photo of Asa Waters Mansion.
MILLBURY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, 50 MAIN ST. Come take a chance on our famous raffle baskets. Also enjoy holiday refreshments and seasonal craft activities.
MILLBURY FEDERATED CHURCH, 20 MAIN ST. Noon-4:00 p.m. See the play “Bethlehem Speaks” at 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. All ages will perform and will enjoy the performance. Also, soup, chili, and toasted cheese sandwiches available for purchase.
MILLBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, ASA WATERS MANSION, 123 ELM ST., 2ND FLOOR. Visit Millbury’s history! View photographs, newspapers, artifacts, maps, and more. (If unable to access the 2nd floor, a video of the museum will be showing at the library.)
MILLBURY NATIONAL BANK, 18 MAIN ST. Enjoy hot apple cider, goodies, giveaways, kids’ arts and crafts, and special giveaways for early birds. Gift wrapping, too!
MILLBURY PARENTS CLUB, ELMWOOD ST. SCHOOL, 40 ELMWOOD ST. 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Start the day in a magical way at our 2nd annual Breakfast with the Elves from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.! Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Food, entertainment, and raffles.
MILLBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 128 ELM ST. Enjoy hot apple cider, cookies, and holiday crafts, along with special programs throughout the afternoon:  Pied Potter from Noon to 2:00 p.m.; Holiday Story Time at Noon and 2:30 p.m.; and Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppets at 3:00 p.m.
MILLBURY SAVINGS BANK, 109 ELM ST. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Take a hayride through downtown between Noon and 3:00 p.m., then join award-winning children’s musician/puppeteer Mr. Kim for two shows at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Popcorn, kids’ crafts, & giveaways, too!
MILLBURY SENIOR CENTER, 1 RIVER ST. Victorian Tea with sandwiches and homemade pastries for sale. Craft vendors. Visit the Railroad Car to decorate a gingerbread man cookie or shop hand-knit items. Featuring Irish Step Dancers at 1:00 p.m. and H&H Dance Academy Dancers at 2:00 p.m. Also hosting 96-1 SRS on-air personality Tony Bristol from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Come spin the prize wheel!
MILLBURY WOMEN’S CLUB, SENIOR CENTER, 1 RIVER ST. Stop by our table at the Senior Center for a beautiful selection of poinsettias in various sizes, colors, and prices. A large poinsettia will be raffled off!
PIZZA CHEF, 32 MAIN ST. “An Acoustic Christmas on Main Street,” with musicians Jesse Garcia, Adam Desrosiers, and Courtney Webber of Bêlit from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Enter our raffle; buy pizza by the slice.
RAY’S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE, 22 HOWE AVE. Visit us to support local vendors offering handmade crafts and other holiday-themed items. Sign up for our giveaway!
SCALES SEAFOOD & MORE, 45 RIVER ST. 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Stop by Scales for specialty samplings, a raffle, cookies, and a special visitor for the kids!
ST. BRIGID CHURCH, 59 MAIN ST. Noon-4:30 p.m. Our 7th annual Craft Fair, featuring unique holiday gifts from 35+ crafters, vendors, and one-of-a-kind artisans! Soup and sandwiches available for purchase.
STOWE FARM, 15 STOWE RD. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pick a Christmas tree! Enjoy a free cone of grain for the petting zoo. Playground and BBQ add to your family’s adventure. Free hot cocoa!
TWO GIRLS ART STUDIO, 22 WEST ST. 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Stroll through our new shop and enjoy snacks, apple cider, and hot chocolate. Shop vintage, handmade gifts. Enter a drawing to win holiday gifts!