Goodrich Downtown Christmas event coming up next week

GOODRICH — Goodrich Festivals and Events will present a Goodrich Downtown Christmas from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

The fun, family event kicks off at 5:15 p.m. with a lighted golf cart parade and contest sponsored by the Goodrich Chamber of Commerce.

Area residents will decorate their golf carts and muster at the country club. The parade, which will include Santa and the fire department, will make its way to the downtown.

“We’ve never done (the decorated golf cart contest) before, but thought it would be a nice addition, another fun thing to do,” said Jennie McKenzie, Goodrich Festivals and Events chairman.

Santa is expected to arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Liberty Way, where he will be available for photo opportunities and to hear children’s Christmas wish wishes. Masks are required to visit the Jolly Old Elf.

At 6 p.m., the lighting of the community Christmas tree will take place, along with caroling.

“A couple of ministers from the local churches will say a few words, and some of their choirs will come down and sing Christmas carols,” said McKenzie. “I think it’s really cute. My favorite part, and this is probably the child in me, is when the put the lights on the tree. It’s just fun.”

The Friends of the Goodrich Library will have a $5 bag book sale, bake sale and free craft.

Cranberries is sponsoring an ugly sweater contest. Stop in any time to get a picture taken. Judging takes place at 7:30 p.m. and the winner will be contacted. Prizes will be awarded for ugliest adult and child sweaters.

The Goodrich High School Class of 2023 will sponsor a bake sale and craft sale, and Stonington Kennels will have a special guest and reindeer food.

The middle school Student Council will collect coats for the clothing closet. The high school band and jazz band will provide the musical entertainment, and there will be craft and vendor booths, as well as food and refreshments.

For information or to register as a vendor, contact