Merrimack Parks & Recreation





Sunday, December 4th 


A Griswold Family Christmas

The Annual Holiday Parade will begin at 3:00pm and start at The Commons Shopping Plaza (515 Daniel Webster Highway), go down Daniel Webster Highway to Baboosic Lake Road, turn left onto McElwain Street and end at the Town Hall parking lot. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will start immediately afterwards at Abbie Griffin Park at approximately 3:45pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department and the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce.

During the Tree Lighting Ceremony, we will be collecting non-perishable goods to be donated to local food banks in Merrimack. Please consider donating a non-perishable food items.

Float Registration: If you would like to enter a Float into the Annual Holiday Parade, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (603) 882-1046 or email Parks & Recreation Director Matt Casparius at Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 floats that best meet the Parade Theme.

1ST PRIZE: $75.00 Walmart Gift Card
2ND PRIZE: $50.00 Walmart Gift Card
3RD PRIZE: $25.00 Walmart Gift Card


December 13th & December 14th

Watch the excitement when your child receives a call from Santa Claus! Santa wants to make your child feel special this holiday season with an unforgettable gift: A personalized phone call from Jolly Old St. Nick himself! Imagine how surprised they'll be to receive a call from Santa. Watch their eyes light up with amazement as Santa lets them know how special they are.

Join the Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department & the Merrimack Police Department this holiday season to provide a unique and memorable holiday experience for your whole family. Santa or Mrs. Claus will be calling Merrimack children on Tuesday, December 13th & Wednesday, December 14th between the hours of 5:30pm—8:00pm.

If Santa misses you, he will try again at a later time. Program is geared towards children ages 3—8 years old. Advanced registrations required no later than Friday, December 9th.
Register online (under Youth Programs) or download the registration form here. 

For questions, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 882-1046 or email the Director at:



at Wasserman Park

Friday, October 28th


co-sponsored by the Merrimack Police Department



Bring the whole family out to Wasserman Park for this year’s FREE Spooktacular event featuring a night of food, carnival games, face painting, crafts, not so scary stories, music, the Pumpkin Carving Challenge and the highlight of the evening our Costume Contest. Merrimack Friends & Families will be selling hot dogs, chips, water during the event.

The Annual Halloween Party event is Co-Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Merrimack Police Department. The following businesses and organizations will be providing the free activities during the event.

Costume Contest Times:

  • Ages 0 - 4 at 6:00 pm
  • Ages 5 - 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Ages 8+ at 7:00 pm

Pumpkin Carving Contest:
Winners of the Pumpkin Carving Contest  will be announced at 7:30 pm.


Elite Rehab & Sports Therapy - Games
Girl Scout Troop 10151 - Face Painting
Girl Scout Troop 11142 - Games
Independent Karate School - Demonstrations & Activity
James Flis - Master Pumpkin Carver
Launch Trampoline Park - Games, Joey the Mascot
Lindt Chocolate - Giveaways
Macaroni Kid - Nashua/Merrimack - Information

Merrimack Friends & Families - Food Sales & Photo Booth
Merrimack High School Interact Club - Games
Merrimack Karate - Games, Ninja Turle Mascot
Merrimack Parks & Recreation - Games
Merrimack Police Department/Merrimack Crimeline - popcorn, goody bags
• Music by DJ Sam Walker
Usborne Books & More - Arts & Crafts
Usborne Books & More - Coloring Station

WANTED:Ghouly, ghosty, goblinesk or just plain goofy pumpkins? Do you have what it takes to out-carve the other pumpkin carvers in Merrimack? Show off your carving skills by entering a pumpkin into this year’s Pumpkin Carving Challenge which will take place during the 24th Annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 28th.

This contest is open to anyone and everyone — kids of all ages. Winners in several age categories (to be determined by number of entries) will be chosen by a public vote during the Halloween Party.  Prizes will be awarded for the Scariest, Most Creative, Most Original and Funniest design.

CARVING CHALLENGE RULES:No decorating allowed. Please do not use stickers, construction paper, paint or any other materials to decorate your pumpkin entry. This is strictly a carving contest.

Carved pumpkins can be dropped off at the Wasserman Park Function Hall anytime after 3:00pm on Friday, October 28th.  We will register your entry when you drop off your pumpkin. Judging will occur between 5:00pm — 7:15pm and awards will be announced at 7:30pm. You do not have to be present to win.