Hundreds of residents, friends and neighbors joined Mayor Curtatone and City staff for Somerville’s annual holiday celebrations that kicked off this past Thursday evening with the Christmas Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa Claus on the City Hall Concourse.
The annual Christmas Tree lighting started the holiday festivities then followed by a meet and greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Culinary Arts Bistro (atrium entrance).
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 Chorus, the Somerville Community Chorus, and El Sistema Somerville.
On Saturday, Dec. 16, 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.
Finally, a ceremonial Menorah Lighting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m., with Rabbi Eliana from Temple B’nai Brith. 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, though the ceremony will officially take place on the final night of Hannukah. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information on the City’s holiday events, please call 311 (617-666-3311 from outside the City).
Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or NSalamoun@somervillema.gov.