Andover celebrates the season at town gazebo

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Andover - posted Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Andover resident Alexa, age 7, chats with Santa in the Andover town gazebo during a Christmas celebration on Dec. 22. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Andover resident Alexa, age 7, chats with Santa in the Andover town gazebo during a Christmas celebration on Dec. 22. Photos by Melanie Savage.

According to Andover Board of Selectmen and Recreation Commission member Jay Linddy, the hayrides that have become a traditional part of the annual holiday sing-along at the town gazebo are always very popular. The rides are generally lengthy, and take residents around parts of the lake. “The last one is a mystery,” said Linddy. “They don’t know where they’re going.”

The last ride of the evening usually takes residents outside of the town limits, said Linddy. Rides go on for as long as residents want to take them. And with balmy temperatures on the evening of Dec. 22 this year, Linddy expected a late night. “When it’s cold out, people are shivering after a while,” he said. But with the thermometer still reading over 60 degrees by 6:30 p.m., potential riders wouldn’t be scared away by the cold.

The annual holiday sing-along always takes place on the Sunday before Christmas, said Linddy. The event involves refreshments, a carol sing-along around the gazebo, and the arrival of Santa Claus by ATV. While waiting for a spin on the hayride, parents took photos as their children sat on Santa’s lap.

After welcoming a long line of children and listening to Christmas requests, Santa made a last call for visitors. “Anyone not had a chance to talk to Santa yet?” he asked. Hearing no responses, Santa sauntered over to his ride, fired up the ATV, and headed off into the night.

The annual Andover Holiday Sing-Along is sponsored by the Andover Recreation Commission.


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