There were only a few criteria for the festive celebration: outdoors, music, family friendly, free and open to all.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
To the Editor, In early November, a seemingly simple idea was hatched to create a celebration of the Christmas Season. There were only a few basic criteria. The event would be outdoors, there'd be music, it would be family-friendly, free and open to all. That modest concept, in just a few short weeks became, The Peabody Polar Express. Over 1,000 attendees took delight in seeing Lt. Ross Park transformed into a Christmas Wonderland complete with Santa, Christmas Sing-a-longs on a hay ride, face painting, elves of all descriptions and, of course, “The Grinch.” The smiles on the children’s faces would have been reward enough for all the work and planning, but thanks to the generosity of many, $1,600 was raised to help needy Peabody families …
The Peabody Polar Express arrived Sunday at Lt. Ross Park. Share your pictures here.
The first ever Peabody Polar Express arrived at Lt. Ross Park on Sunday and turned into a wild success, says Dave McGeney. McGeney and his wife Stephanie were two of the main influences behind organizing the neighborhood holiday event, which provided an afternoon of fun for kids and families. There were free hayrides, Christmas carols, face-painting, Santa and even the Grinch. "We didn't know what to expect," McGeney said, but the turnout ended up numbering in the hundreds. "It was a great time. The kids were smiling ear-to-ear." He said the event also brought in more than $1,600 in donations, which will be distributed equally between the city's eight elementary schools to be given to the neediest families for Christmas. Did you go Sunday…