LONDONDERRY — The annual Christmas on the Common event will not be held at the Town Common this year due to ongoing construction to improve drainage. Instead, this year’s event will be held on Sunday at Londonderry Square Plaza, the Clock Tower parking area at 50 Nashua Road, at the intersection of Route 102 and Gilcreast Road.
The Londonderry Rotary Club organizes the event every year, and will be hosting a shopping spree event later in the month to buy warm clothes for families in need.
While most of the traditional festivities that come as part of the Christmas on the Common event will continue as usual Sunday, there will not be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony this year.
There will be caroling by local Scout troops and other groups from 2 to 3 p.m. while organizers from the Londonderry Rotary Club will provide seasonal refreshments such as hot cider, hot cocoa, coffee, chili and doughnuts.
From 3 to 4:30 p.m., Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elf will make an appearance to hand out candy canes and talk with children to hear their Christmas wishes.
On Dec. 11 at about 8:30 a.m., local rotarians will be taking part in a shopping spree at Walmart in Derry to purchase winter clothes and other items for families in need. The list of families is provided by St. Jude’s parish and St. Mark the Evangelist’s parish, according to Londonderry Rotary member Reed Clark.
In the meantime, the Salvation Army of Greater Derry is looking to recruit additional bell ringers to help them with their annual Christmas kettle fundraising campaign.
“We’re kind of behind on our kettle goal, so we’re looking to recruit some more ringers to raise some more money,” Salvation Army Lt. Tyler Adcox said.
They are in need of people willing to volunteer on nights and weekends, and they have a lot of open spots available, Adcox said.
Anyone willing to volunteer can call the Salvation Army office at 434-7790.
Adcox said they hope to raise about $165,000 and they’ve raised about $37,000 so far. The campaign lasts until Christmas Eve.