You’ve only got a few more days to get yourself onto the “nice list”: Santa will be visiting Somerville Thursday, Dec. 4 as part of the annual Christmas Tree lighting at City Hall. Festivities will start at 5:30 p.m. with music by the Somerville High School Band and Orchestra, the Somerville Community Chorus, and El Sistema Somerville. After the tree lighting, Santa will be available for photos, to hear wish lists, and to hand out gifts to children at the tree lighting.

SOMERVILLE – Somerville’s popular and festive holiday celebrations will return in December 2014, including the annual Christmas Tree lighting at City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 4, and the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Tours on Saturday, Dec. 13. Mayor Curtatone and other City officials will also participate in a ceremonial Menorah lighting on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16, in honor of the first day of Hanukkah.

The tree lighting ceremony will take start at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 on the City Hall Concourse, followed by a meet and greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Highlander Café (atrium entrance). Santa Claus will be escorted by the Somerville Fire Department for the ceremony and will be available for photos following the tree lighting. All children attending the ceremony will also receive a gift from Santa. Live entertainment for the event will feature: the Somerville High School Band and Orchestra; the Somerville Community Chorus; and El Sistema Somerville. Refreshments will be served at SHS.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, residents and visitors are invited to the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations beginning at 4:30 p.m. The popular tour takes attendees aboard trolleys across the City to discover some of the most brightly decorated homes throughout the City for the holiday season. Tours depart from the City Hall Concourse every 45 minutes. Refreshments, choral music and craft activities will be available inside City Hall. Residents interested in having their homes featured on the tour should contact the Somerville Arts Council at 617-625-6600 ext 2985 by Wed., Dec. 3.

Trolley Tour tickets will be available at the Blue Cloud Gallery, 713 Broadway, beginning Sunday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. For more information, visit

For more information on the City’s holiday events, please contact Nancy Aylward at 617-625-6600 ext. 2100.

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