20th anniversary of Scituate Candlelight Stroll

20th anniversary of Scituate Candlelight Stroll

SCITUATE – The Christmas celebration continues in North Scituate this year as local businesses put on holiday cheer and stay open late for the 20th annual Candlelight Stroll shopping experience on Dec. 4 and 5.

Plans this year are scaled back from the elaborate trolley rides and children’s activities that typically happen to comply with COVID-19 safety regulations, said Sacha Hummel of Glitz.

Still, Hummel said the weekend will be filled with Christmas sights and delights including Santa and Mrs. Claus walking through North Scituate Village, where carolers will sing throughout the night.

“We make it pretty for the holiday season, all decorated,” Hummel said.

The Candlelight Stroll is brought to Scituate in partnership with the North Scituate Village Business Association and the Scituate Village Community Collaborative. Each encourages people to shop locally this holiday season.

To spread holiday cheer, Hummel said many of the participating businesses will have donation bins for charities such as heating assistance, a toy drive and a food drive.

The Scituate Police Department will be in the village for its Fill-a Cruiser toy drive on both nights, Hummel said.

He said his and other Scituate businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19, and the pain was doubled by the cancellation of the Scituate Art Festival.

“Businesses are dying with (the) COVID situation. It hasn’t been easy,” he said.

Hummel said his business is at about 50 percent of what he did last year, and he hears that other businesses are also suffering.

Fortunately, Hummel said, Scituate’s businesses are “filled to the brim” with unique gifts and toys for holiday shopping.

Participating businesses include Bewitched of Scituate, Bittersweet and Ivy, Cindy’s Diner, Cold Brook Café, Famous Pizza, Glitz, Hatter and Hare, Posh Kids, Sweet Salvage, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Village Tavern.

Hummel said the bazaar portion of the stroll was canceled this year due to limitations on gathering size and social distancing.

All businesses will practice health measures, including requiring masks, checking temperatures and offering hand sanitizer.

The Candlelight Stroll runs Friday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 8 p.m.