Friday, December 7, 2012
Hundreds attended the annual tree lighting at City Hall Thursday. The city set up a menorah for the first time, but it didn't light.
Crowds of kids and parents gathered on the City Hall Concourse Thursday for the annual tree lighting and visit from Santa Claus. The Somerville Community Chorus, Somerville High School Chorus and Somerville High School Band entertained the crowd as it waited for Santa to arrive on a fire truck. After the tree lighting, Santa gave out gifts at the Somerville High School Highlander Cafe. One glitch: For first time ever, Somerville had set up a Hanukkah menorah on the concourse to be lit along with the Christmas tree. For some reason, the menorah didn't light. After the ceremony, Jackie Rossetti, a spokesperson for the city, said the glitch would be fixed immediately. Here are some photos.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Gov. Patrick gave Xavier Rodgers, 3, of Somerville, the microphone for the countdown to the tree lighting. The governor read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Gov. Deval Patrick read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to children at the State House Wednesday and then went to the front steps to count down to the tree lighting. Xavier Rodgers, 3, of Somerville, took center stage during the lighting.
Santa will be giving out gifts, and the city will also light a menorah.
Somerville holds its annual tree lighting Thursday night, and Santa Claus will be making an appearance. The tree lighting takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the City Hall Councourse, and Santa will attend the ceremony escorted by the Somerville Fire Department. After the ceremony, Santa will be available for photos at the Somerville High School Highlander Cafe. He'll give a gift to all children who attend the ceremony, according to the city's website. In addition to the tree lighting, Somerville will, for the first time, light a Hanukkah menorah on Thursday. The Somerville High School Band, the Somerville High School Chorus and Somerville Community Chorus, and the El Sistema Somerville youth orchestra will perform.