Thursday night may go down as the warmest Manchester Window Walk in 32 years.
As the community celebrated the holidays, temperatures were above freezing in the 40’s – rare for a December night – which helped bring out a huge crowd.
That’s Terry Griffith from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They were set up in front of Castle Theatre serving hot chocolate and inviting everyone to write notes to service men and women.
It was just one of dozens of activities and displays set up downtown. The Manchester Lions Club was set up on South Franklin Street serving free chili and they noticed the crowd was big this year too – they went through four roasters full of chili in just forty minutes.
There was Christmas music playing in the streets, live window scenes in downtown businesses and you could even find the Grinch in the Enchanted Forest at Gateway Appliance.
And new this year – the horse and carriage rides, which were a huge hit with a long line all night. It was the idea of committee member Darrell Rich with American National Insurance, who sponsored the rides.
Rich says they’re already looking at ways to improve the horse and carriage rides next year. And the Static Christmas Parade had around fifteen entries parked up and down East Main Street and South Franklin Street, including the Manchester Fire Department’s lit-up fire truck. Everyone had a chance to vote for their favorite parade entry with their spare change, with all the money going to Operation Santa Claus.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH