The clear and slightly cool weather attracted hundreds of people to Holiday Happenings last year.

Main Street will be closed from Elm to Punchard streets on Friday night, Dec. 3, to make way for Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers, hayrides and the lighting of a downtown tree.

The Andover Business Center Association is hoping its Holiday Happenings event will put shoppers in the holiday — and buying — spirit.

"We'll have DJ Ted Teichert in front of Old Town Hall and hayrides along Main Street and it's all free," said Elaine LeBlanc-Baker, president of the Andover Business Center Association. "Stores are staying open late and they'll have refreshments for customers."

The annual holiday event follows the successful ABCA-sponsored Andover Day celebration, which brought an estimated 10,000 people to Main Street in September.

This weekend, there will be good deals, gift cards and generous raffle baskets awaiting shoppers at many locations.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," LeBlanc-Baker said.

What's Happening

Friday, Dec. 3

5-9 p.m. - Main Street closed from Elm to Punchard streets

5 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Enterprise Bank on High Street then roam along Main Street

5-9 p.m. - Hayrides load at Olde Andover Village

5-6:30 p.m. - Live jazz trio outside Old Town Hall, followed by disc jockey

6-8 p.m. - Live caroling at the corner of Chestnut Street

6:30 p.m. - Tree lighting outside BankNorth

Saturday, Dec. 4

Main Street is NOT closed

9 a.m.-noon, Breakfast with Santa, Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., (Andover High School's girls hockey team will take photographs for $7)

Main Street stores open regular hours

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