Tidal Wave Of Revelers Greet Christmas By The Sea

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Holidays , Community events

Santa leads a crowd of carolers through Kate Gould Park.  TIM WOOD PHOTOS 

CHATHAM — One of the largest crowds ever seen at Chatham's Christmas By The Sea turned out last Friday evening for the annual light parade and tree lighting. Led by Santa and the Send the Love student carolers, who were raising money for essentials for Cape kids in need, the procession created a festive scene down Main Street as it wound its way to Kate Gould Park, where Santa helped light the tree before hearing Christmas wishes from young fans.

Holiday festivities in Kate Gould Park.

Holiday festivities in Kate Gould Park.

Saturday's planned Rudolph's Flight fun run was, unfortunately, grounded by the wet and windy weather, but that didn't stop holiday revelers from continuing the festivities. The morning's Pancakes and Pajamas Christmas concert by the Chatham Band, which raised money for the family of Rick Merrill, packed them in at St. Martin's Lodge, and the First Congregational Church's Cookie Express sold out 95 trays of homemade goodies in record time.

Monomoy High School seniors were raising funds for the class at Christmas By The Sea. From left, Rory Carpenter, Kaitlyn Lyons, Liam Mawn, class advisor James Ottos, and Laura Brown.

Monomoy High School seniors were raising funds for the class at Christmas By The Sea. From left, Rory Carpenter, Kaitlyn Lyons, Liam Mawn, class advisor James Ottos, and Laura Brown.

Four-year-old Andres Gonzalez reacts to meeting Santa in the bandstand at Kate Gould Park.

Four-year-old Andres Gonzalez reacts to meeting Santa in the bandstand at Kate Gould Park.

All ages were delighted as Santa and the light parade made its way through Kate Gould Park.

All ages were delighted as Santa and the light parade made its way through Kate Gould Park.

All ages were delighted as Santa and the light parade made its way through Kate Gould Park.

All ages were delighted as Santa and the light parade made its way through Kate Gould Park.