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Gloucester prepares for open house, Santa Dash

The Gloucester Main Street Association’s annual open house will be on Sunday, December 8, beginning at 1 p.m. and finishing the day at the Historic Court Circle with the Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m.

An annual tradition on Main Street for over 20 years, the businesses will welcome the public to Main Street with free refreshments, holiday specials, fantastic selection, and good old-fashioned customer service.

The public will enjoy live music by “Something Different” beginning at 1 p.m. and caroling along Main Street. Pictures with Santa will be from 1-4:30 p.m. at Daffodil Vintage on Main. Children can expect to visit with Santa amongst a tea room setting complete with Snow Queen. Pictures will be $5.

To kick off the open house this year, a Main Street Santa Dash has been added to begin the day. This .8-mile costumed fun run will start at Edge Hill Town Center and travel up and around the historic Court Circle and end back at Kelsick specialty Market.

The “dash” is complete with great cash prizes and gift certificates in each costumed category. The categories are as follows: Best Original Santa, Best Santa Pet, Best Family of Santa’s, Best Themed Santa, and Best Christmas Family.

Each registration that is received by November 25 will receive a free Santa Dash t-shirt courtesy of Peace Frogs. The cost to enter for adults that are 18 and over is $15, and under 18 or a pet is $5. To register or for more information, visit or call Ashley at 695-0700. On-site registration will be available as well starting at 11:30 a.m. at Edge Hill Town Center and the dash will begin at noon.

Proceeds from the Santa Dash will go to the “Shop with a Cop” program through the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department to provide children with toys at Christmas. The Santa Dash and Open House are being sponsored by the Gloucester Main Street Association, Main Street Preservation Trust, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester County EDA, and Peace Frogs.

posted 11.20.2013

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