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November 27, 2013

Santa visits Danvers Dec. 7

DANVERS — Santa Claus will make two appearances here on Saturday, Dec. 7.

First, Santa will arrive on the Danvers harbormaster’s boat during the Santa by Sea holiday celebration, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pope’s Landing. Santa is scheduled to make landfall around noon. The free event will feature bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony, horse-drawn wagon and trackless train rides, and refreshments. Children will receive a photo with Santa. Aileen L’Abbe, chairwoman of the River Committee, one of the event sponsors, said that she has added to this year’s celebration, which is the sixth.

Later that day, the Downtown Improvement Committee will hold its 15th annual Holiday Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. A portion of Danvers Square will be blocked off for Santa’s arrival aboard a firetruck to light the town tree. Santa will be at East Boston Savings Bank, 10 Elm St., for photos before the tree lighting. Businesses will offer a variety of activities and giveaways.

Finally, for those out for a hike on the Danvers Rail Trail this Saturday, Santa plans to be at the Swampwalk, which is located along the trail near the border with Wenham from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Very low-key but very pleasant,” said George Saluto, one of the organizers.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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