WILMINGTON, MA — Here are 12 things you need to know in Wilmington for Saturday, December 3, 2016.
#1) According to the National Weather Service, it will be partly sunny in Wilmington, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
#2) We’re One Wilmington (WOW) is thrilled to announce the 6th Annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday, December 4th, from 9am to 3pm, at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue) in Wilmington. This free family-friendly event will feature a raffle of spectacular holiday trees, wreaths and baskets. There will also be baked goods, popcorn and refreshments for sale, as well as musical performances, a scavenger hunt (with prizes awarded throughout the weekend) and a special visit by Mrs. Claus. Learn more HERE.
#3) The Town of Wilmington’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 3, beginning at 5:30pm. This annual popular event, sponsored by the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee, will feature the following:
- Horse-drawn hayrides, which begin at 4:30pm and end at 6:15pm
- An ice sculpture sponsored by the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce (Chamber member donors: Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center, Exit Family Realty, Hallmark Health, K1 Speed, Pearle Vision, Reading Cooperative Bank, Rocco’s, Winbrook)
- Wilmington Minutemen with lanterns
- A cappela group performance from WHS Soundscape performance
- Free cookies and hot chocolate
- Wilmington Fire Department’s Toys for Wilmington Children Drive (Bring your new unwrapped toys to the Fourth of July Building)
- Wilmington Community Fund’s annual Holiday Ornament sale
- After the ceremony, Santa Claus will be available for photos in the Fourth of July Building. (Photos will be downloaded from the Fun on the Fourth Committee’s website, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own cameras.)
#4) The Wilmington Recreation Department is hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). There are two seatings available — 8:15am and 10:15am. Pre-registered tickets were required and are NOT SOLD AT THE DOOR.
#5) Mrs. Claus will be making a stop at the Wilmington United Methodist Christmas Tree stand at about 9am. Come down and get a tree and a free candy cane for all the kids! The Church is selling Christmas trees on its front lawn today from 10am to 6pm.
#6) The NorthEast Comic Con takes place on Saturday, December 3, 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, December 4, 10am to 5pm, at Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).
The NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is a family friendly entertainment event featuring all things that appeal to fans of Comics, Collectibles, Movies, Television, Video Games, Cosplay, Personal Experiences, Nerd, Geek and Pop Culture. Celebrities signing autographs plus professional photo ops with the stars. Announced guests include Dean Cain (Lois & Clark, Supergirl), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Candy Clark (American Grafitti, Man Who Fell to Earth) and Cherie Currie (The Runaways, Foxes) among others. Learn more HERE.
#7) Wilmington High School C.A.T.S. (Choral & Theatre Support Group) is holding its second annual Broadway Revue at 2pm at Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street). The fundraiser will feature Wilmington High choral and theatre students performing your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets can purchased at the door for $12. Free refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit the group’s scholarship fund, supplemental production equipment and materials funds.
#8) The Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding THREE programs:
- Writing Group Meeting (9:15am)
- Drop-In Baby Times (9:30am)
- Dads & Donuts (10:30am)
Learn more and register HERE.
#9) The Wilmington Youth Center (126 Middlesex Avenue, Villanova Hall) is open from 7pm to 9:30pm. The Center is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders who live in Wilmington. Learn more about the Center, and how you can sign your child up, HERE.
#10) The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.
#11) The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.
#12) There will be a Moving Sale from 9am to 3pm at 6 Bruning Road. Learn more HERE.
PLUS: The Massachusetts State Police is holding a Sobriety Checkpoint somewhere in Middlesex County on Saturday, December 3 into Sunday, December 4.
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