Saturday’s gloomy weather did nothing to calm the spirits of families who roamed Onset Village for the return of the annual Christmas in the Parks event.
From noon to 3 p.m. on December 11, more than 15 participating companies organized a series of Christmas activities and events throughout Onset Village.
At the Onset Bay Association office and The Onset Clay Room, people could make their own Christmas decorations for a donation of $ 10.
“It’s a fun day,” said Amanda Cobb of the association. Cobb, Melissa, and Jessica Goodell helped the children create their own ornaments.
The Onset Bay Association had a variety of ornament options – kids could color scallop shells with sharpies, draw on wooden ornaments, or fill in transparent ornaments with sand and other decorations they had. choose themselves.
Cobb said they saw a lot of cute kids.
Santa Claus also visited Onset Village. Dressed to impress in his red suit and hat, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas settled into the Salerno village hall and spent the afternoon posing for photos and updating Christmas wish lists children.
He said he had had “non-stop” visitors.
Cookie decorations and hot chocolate were available at the Spinney Memorial branch of the Wareham Free Library on Onset Avenue.
Library manager Patrick Marshall said while the Spinney branch remains closed due to understaffing, it seemed important to open the location to be part of the festivities at the start.
“We wanted to be part of the holiday celebration,” he said.
About an hour and a half after the event began, Marshall said the library team saw 82 people come to decorate cookies and enjoy hot chocolate.
“They made a mess,” he joked, examining the huge array of cookie decorations available.
The library team had put together just about every decoration imaginable – Christmas-themed M & Ms’s, Hershey’s kisses, nuggets of various shapes and colors, pieces of crushed candy cane and red icing, white and green.
The Leighton family came from Carver to Onset Village after Andy Leighton heard about the event from a colleague.
“We’ve seen Santa Claus before,” said Andy, as 4-year-old Sophie diligently decorated a cookie. He said they had a great time.
The cookie decorating station was a big hit, letting kids munch on their sweet creations in a quiet corner of the library or carefully wrap their cookies for later enjoyment.
At one point in the afternoon, Onset’s purple bear and Frosty the snowman stopped by the library to do some Christmas carols.
The holiday fun continued at Onset Pier, where the Onset Bay Association had set up an imposing Christmas tree for lobster traps, complete with lights and a lobster / star crown. A number of companies also participated, with the Glen Cove Hotel organizing the reindeer feed manufacturing and Guido’s Ice Cream & More offering a gift of sugar cane.
In the end, Cobb said the association was just thrilled to bring back a version of their big holiday event this year, after two years without any celebrations.