BROCKTON--Break out your Christmas or holiday ornaments and don your Santa hat and head to Main Street Sunday, Nov. 20 for the third annual Santa Hat Day to kick-off the holiday season and break Brockton's own semi-official record of the most people wearing a Santa hat in one place at one time.
Streets around Main Street will be blocked off beginning at about 2 p.m and festivities, including music, holiday coupons for local shopping, raffles and give-aways--including an Apple IPad--will go into full swing at 2:30 p.m.
The official count will take place at 3:30 p.m.
All are invited.
Santa hats will be available for a nominal cost while supplies last.
Last year Brockton, with 872 men, women and children wearing bright red Santa hats, topped the record set by Mullingar, Ireland the year before.
John Merian, co-owner of Tuxedos by Merian, with the help of the Downtown Business Association and others, launched the Santa hat drive three years ago as a way to kick off the holiday season and to honor James Edgar, a late 19th Century Brockton department store owner who is considered to have been the first department store Santa--even beating out the more famous Macy's Santa.
It is also a reminder the 25th annual Holiday Parade and holiday bazaar will take place the following Saturday, Nov. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.