This year, Santa arrives in Peabody on Saturday, Nov. 30, to help kick off the city's annual Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting.

There are activities running all afternoon around Peabody Square, including free trolley rides, s'mores, ice skating, music, dancing, a live Nativity, a holiday market, and of course the tree lighting at City Hall.

Here's the lineup for the day, which coincides with Small Business Saturday:

1 to 5 p.m.

*All aboard! Hop on the free trolley to head through the downtown with many stops to get you in the holiday spirit. Almost all of the activities are free thanks to the city, downtown businesses and event sponsors. Some activities may have a small fee.

*Ice skating at 81 Main St. A rink will be set up in the parking lot there. Ice skate rentals will be available.

1 to 4 p.m.

*Music and dancing at the Courthouse Plaza with DJ Kevin Angelli, cookies and apples with the mayor, visit with Santa and a s'mores station by Peabody Main Streets.

*At Fire Headquarters, 41 Lowell St., visit with Sparky and get a tour of the station, or get your picture on the cover of a magazine and see a demonstration of the jaws of life.

*The Knights of Columbus, 96 Main St., will have a gingerbread house and cookie decorating, games, and arts and crafts hosted by Peabody Recreation.

*At Center Church, 24 Washington St., there will be a live Nativity with animals.

*Stop by CuriousCity, 205 Washington St., for two activities — an outdoor science activity where families make slime that changes color with the temperature and a winter-themed craft inside. Admission is free.

*Create & Escape DIY Workshops, 71 Main St., is also planning an activity.

1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Take a break from the festivities and catch the classic, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," inside the Black Box Theater at 22 Foster St. (in the ArcWorks Community Art Center).

1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

*The Main Branch of the Peabody Institute Library hosts a holiday book reading at three times. Also, kids get a coupon for a free hot chocolate at Breaking Grounds Cafe. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for the 1:30 p.m. reading while the elves take over for the other times, with an assist from Mayor Ted Bettencourt at 3:30.

2, 2:30 and 3 p.m.

*Dance With Dena, 59 Main St., will be hosting musical performances.

4 p.m.

Everyone meets up outside City Hall on the front lawn for caroling and the tree lighting.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since it's also Small Business Saturday, the city has teamed up with New England Open Markets for the North Shore Holiday Market. Handmade items from more than 60 local artists, designers and specialty food makers will be for sale in Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall, 24 Lowell St.

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