Somerville’s 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall

Photos by Frank Santangelo 


Hundreds of residents joined Mayor Joseph Curtatone and City staff for Somerville’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration and a visit from Santa Claus this past Thursday night on the City Hall Concourse. 

The tree lighting was followed by a meet and greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Highlander Café. Santa Claus was escorted by the Somerville Fire and Police Departments for the ceremony and was available for photos following the tree lighting. All children attending the ceremony also received a gift from Santa.

Live entertainment for the event featured the Somerville High School Band and the Somerville Community Chorus.

Following the tree lighting, refreshments were served at SHS, where children were able to meet Santa.

 On Saturday, Dec. 17, residents and visitors are invited to the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour. Tour guides will lead trolleys past some of the City’s most spectacular displays of holiday lights, sharing stories about the families that decorate and providing local historic trivia en route. Tours depart from the City Hall Concourse every 45 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments, choral music and craft activities will be available inside City Hall.

 Trolley Tour tickets will be available at the Blue Cloud Gallery, 713 Broadway, beginning Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. For more information, visit


Finally, a ceremonial Menorah Lighting will take place on Saturday, Dec. 24, at sundown (approximately 4:15 pm). All members of the community are invited to join Mayor Curtatone and City staff for a brief ceremony and photo on the City Hall Concourse. The Menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah.


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

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