Let there be lights! Town tree sparkles at annual celebration

GL-FTR-tree-lighting-A’Tis the season in Greenwich, and a holiday-themed celebration was held outside Town Hall on Friday for the annual lighting of the tree.

Before a family-filled crowd of dozens of residents who were visited by holiday favorites, including Rudolph, Frosty and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus, First Selectman Peter Tesei led the countdown and signaled that the lights would come on for the tree right outside Town Hall. The tree will be lit up colorfully at night throughout the holiday season, and the official ceremony was quite an event, complete with “animal rides” for kids aboard a mechanical tiger and a moose courtesy of “Safari” Bob and Cherri Meyer from Wallingford.

At the tree lighting, Mr. Tesei said family events like this not only are fun events for families but a chance to reflect on the good things, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as he offered everyone “best wishes and good tidings for a happy holiday season.”

“We in Greenwich are blessed as a community to have such a breadth of citizenry that give so much of themselves,” Mr. Tesei said. “We’re fortunate to live in a beautiful community and we’ve been fortunate in relationship to our neighbors in both New York and New Jersey not to have been so impacted by natural events this year. As we look west and we look south, we see there are people suffering and have gone through a lot of trauma. We certainly want to extend our heartfelt support and financial resources when we can to them, and we want to say how thankful we are in Greenwich.”

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