Mayor invites residents to annual tree lighting
Marlborough – No sooner will Thanksgiving be over than the holiday hustle will begin. Before schedules become too busy, Mayor Nancy Stevens is inviting Marlborough residents to take some time with friends and neighbors in the city for the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The tree lighting will be held during the annual "Home for the Holidays" event on Union Common, at the intersection of Main Street (Route 20) and Route 85, Friday Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
"I am thrilled to once again kick off preparations for the long-standing city tradition of 'Home for the Holidays,' which appeals to everyone's, both young and old, sense of holiday spirit," Stevens said.
The festival started in 1993, organized by Patrick Hogan, former mayor, in response to the building of the Solomon Pond Mall. By establishing this and other holiday traditions, the city had the goal of having the local community support and visit downtown retailers.
Held the first Friday in December, this year's event will include children's favorites like a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive via fire truck. Other activities will include live animals, magicians, balloons, popcorn, candy canes, hot chocolate and performances by the High School chorus, string ensemble and jazz band at the First Congregational Church.
"I look forward to the tree lighting on Union Common and visit by Santa on Dec. 5 and hope to see all residents come together to celebrate the holiday season," Stevens said.
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