MELROSE — The Melrose Chamber of Commerce is preparing to usher in the holiday season by welcoming back its annual Home for the Holidays event on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4.

This year, Home for the Holidays is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Edward Jones Investments and The Kim Perrotti Team – Leading Edge Real Estate, and organizers thank them for their support of this community event.

A weekend-long, community-wide open house, Home for the Holidays offers something for everyone. From cookie decorating and “reindeer rides” to tastings, specials, sales and fairs, and, of course, to Santa Claus arriving in our beautiful downtown, Home for the Holidays brings out the best in our community. We invite you to leisurely stroll through our city, stopping by stores, restaurants and other institutions where you will be warmly welcomed with holiday cheer. Or, you can hop on one of the free trolleys that will carry residents and visitors to and from the various business districts in Melrose on Saturday.

The festivities start on Friday night, December 3, when Mayor Paul Brodeur lights the tree on City Hall lawn and the twinkling lights of Main Street in Downtown Melrose in preparation for the arrival of Santa Claus. Bring your singing voice and sing along with a live local band who will lead the crowd in holiday songs.

On Saturday, December 4, trolleys will carry shoppers prepared to start their holiday shopping and families looking for holiday cheer to various activities and shops in our business districts. The trolley rides are free and are made possible through the generous sponsorship of many local businesses.

Organizers invite you to join us in celebrating the season and, at the same time, they encourage you to support the local businesses who so warmly greet you not only during Home for the Holidays, but throughout the year and at our other signature community events. By shopping, dining and doing business locally, you support your friends and neighbors – the business owners of Melrose who continually give back to our community throughout the year.

And, don’t forget, the Melrose Chamber of Commerce makes it easy for you to support our local businesses by purchasing a First Stop Melrose/Shop Locally Gift Certificate – the perfect gift for anyone. Available in denominations of $10 and $25, these gift checks can be used at any local retailer, restaurant or service provider. They can be purchased online at

See you at Home for the Holidays! Please visit for details including a specific schedule of events, trolley maps and more. You may also call the Chamber office with any questions at 781-665-3033.