Bring on the holidays
Derry welcomes the holiday season with the annual parade hosted by the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. The parade is set for Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. and steps off from West Broadway, heading down to Crystal Avenue and ending at Hood Commons.
This year’s theme is “Light Up the Holidays” with many marching units, bands, school and business floats and much more. Derry Village Rotary Club members will be walking the parade route to collect canned food to donate to local food pantries. Following the parade, the annual “Very Derry Holiday” schedule of events takes place, hosted by Derry Parks and Recreation.
Events begin at 2 p.m. at Veterans Hall and the Adams Memorial Building. That includes cookie decorating, face-painting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Call Parks and Recreation at 432-6136.
Masons’ tree sale begins Nov. 30
St. Mark’s Lodge 44 Free and Accepted Masons start selling Nov. 30 at the Masonic Lodge, 58 East Broadway. Fresh cut trees from New Hampshire and Vermont family farms will be sold for $30 and up.
There are extra-tall trees for rooms with cathedral ceilings and smaller trees for table tops.
The tree sale has been held for more than 25 years and proceeds allows St. Mark’s to support local charities. This year, the Masons will also collect coats, toys and food to help those in need.
The lodge is an official drop-off spot for Toys for Tots. Food collected will support the First Baptist food pantry in Derry and Marion Gerrish Community Center efforts for the Derry Community Fund.
Toys will be collected through Dec. 21. In addition to trees, wreaths will be for sale to benefit Rockingham Chapter 3 Order of Eastern Star.
Lions to hold annual Christmas tree sale
The Derry Lions Club hosts its annual Christmas tree sale at Citizens Bank Plaza. Tree sales begin Nov. 30 and continue until all trees are sold.