Annual Tree Lighting on Common Tradition Continues Sunday

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments by

The traditional Christmas Tree Lighting on the Londonderry Town Common will take place this Sunday, December 8, 2013. Festivities start at 2:30 PM, with entertainment and refreshments. Then as it starts to get dark, at approximately 4 PM, a fire truck will bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to oversee the illumination of decorated trees.

The Londonderry Rotary Club works annually with many youth groups, local non-profit organizations and area businesses to put on this event. 24 trees will be available for decoration by enthusiastic Girl Scout troops, Daycare classes, Cub Scouts, church groups and more. Trees will be available for decoration on December 1 and groups often get creative with natural and edible materials to be wildlife-friendly.

The Specialized Theater Enrichment Program (STEP) performers from Londonderry and members of the Londonderry Christian Church choir will entertain. “The STEPs students are incredibly excited to be involved in such a wonderful Londonderry tradition. They love performing and reaching out to the community and are especially excited to get all bundled up to help families get into the holiday spirit,” said Musical Director Yvonne Sarafinis. “Their performance will include solo and group numbers featuring holiday favorites such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song as well as some new holiday pop tunes.”

Hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be served as the community gathers to enjoy the magical glow of lights on the Common. Keep a camera ready because after the trees are lit, good little girls and boys are invited to bring their wish list and sit on Santa’s lap.

Jen Rankin, Girl Scout leader shares, “The girls love to make edible ornaments for their Christmas trees. It is one messy meeting, but a favorite one.” John Timmeny, president of the Londonderry Rotary Club said, “For over 20 years our members have been proud to organize this event. We donate and set up the trees and lights because we love to see how it generates big smiles and fosters happy memories. Thanks also to Demers Garden Center, Macks Apples and Castle Caterers for donations and discounts.” Be sure to dress warm and celebrate the start of the Holiday Season at this fun event!

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