While COVID-19 may be putting a damper on some holiday festivities, Fall River still has some holiday cheer up its sleeve. Michael and Maddie spoke with Fall River’s Mayor Paul Coogan about the city’s Christmas celebrations coming up this weekend.

A Sons of Serendip Christmas Special was filmed at the Narrows Center for the Arts and will be airing on December 19. The Sons of Serendip are a musical group that’s best known for their success on America’s Got Talent, where they placed fourth. The members of the group met while attending graduate school at Boston University and their success has landed them on a new Christmas special where they will sing traditional songs like "Let It Snow" and "Hallelujah."

Coogan explained that the goal was to make it like the classic Christmas specials that used to air on TV, allowing people to get some holiday joy without even having to leave their homes. Coogan hopes it will spark nostalgia for viewers and is extremely proud to bring Fall River and Sons of Serendip to the small screen. Enjoy their special this Saturday, on The CW at 8 p.m.

Curiosity led Maddie to ask about the buzz that’s been around Battleship Cove lately, looking for some more answers on the star-studded cast that has been spotted filming the upcoming movie Don’t Look Up.

“I was able to take a look at the set after getting a rapid COVID test done, and it was incredible,” Coogan said. “There was take after take after take for just one scene that was five minutes long.”

So, we’ll see the USS Massachusetts in the movie, but Fall River’s fame will be about five minutes long.

COVID has canceled a lot of things, but it hasn’t canceled the holiday spirit of Mayor Coogan and his determination to bring safe and festive events to the area.

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