‘Letters to Santa’ mailbox comes to Scituate

‘Letters to Santa’ mailbox comes to Scituate

Weekend of Christmas events planned

SCITUATE – An early Christmas delivery arrived this week, straight from the North Pole to the North Scituate Gazebo.

Despite being in the middle of their busiest time of year, the elves from Santa’s workshop teamed up with Recreation Director David Pannone to create a red mailbox to be filled with the Scituate community’s Christmas wish lists and then sent directly to the jolly fellow up north.

Pannone said he was able to convince Santa to respond to Christmas letters. All he asks is that senders provide a return address with their wish lists.

Pannone said he was inspired to bring a “Letters to Santa” box to Scituate after seeing one in a Hallmark Christmas movie. He said he, the elves, and Santa realize many Scituate children are on Santa’s “nice list,” and they will be given every chance to get their Christmas wishes to Santa.

“Mrs. Claus helped me track one down,” Pannone said of his wife helping him find the mailbox.

Until Christmas, the mailbox will sit in the North Scituate Gazebo, 606 West Greenville Road. Pannone said Santa’s elves will be picking up the Christmas lists a few times each week, but like Santa, will only come at night when everyone is asleep.

The box is similar to a postal service mail collection box, but painted bright red with golden embellishments on the sides.

The location was chosen as a central spot in town that the elves can slip in and out of without easily being seen. Pannone said he also chose the gazebo because the town’s Christmas tree will sit beside the mailbox after this weekend’s concert series, tree lighting and candlelight stroll.

The Scituate Recreation Department, American Legion Post 19, the Scituate Art Festival and the Village Drum and Music put the festivities together to get Scituate in the holiday spirit, Pannone said.

“I love getting bit by the holiday bug. It makes me feel good,” he said.

New this year are several Christmas concerts throughout town this Sunday, Dec. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. for Christmas in the Village. The Scituate High School will host the American Band playing all the Christmas classics along with singer Kelly Lennon in a holiday concert in appreciation to first responders and veterans. Admission to the show and other events is free.

Following the concert is the lighting of trees and music at the gazebo starting at 5 p.m. Sunday Reggie Centracchio will bring the music, and is providing his miniature train set for children to ride on.

Santa will be at the gazebo on Sunday as well for pictures, and will be sitting near the red mailbox to help children send off their letters.

Food trucks will provide snacks and refreshments during the day’s events, including hot chocolate and other seasonal favorites from Cold Brook Café.

Sunday’s events close out a weekend of community shopping during the 18th annual Candlelight Stroll this Friday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m.

On both nights, Scituate shops and boutiques stay open late to allow shoppers to enjoy candlelight shopping amongst a backdrop of carolers and bell-ringers. This year, a trolley will ferry shoppers across town in old-time style.

“You touch on everything here this weekend. It’s going to be great,” Pannone said.

Santa Claus’ elves donated the Letters to Santa mailbox to the town so children’s Christmas wish lists can go directly to Santa.