Plans for 2022 Westborough winter light display move forward


Plans for 2022 Westborough winter light display move forward
Winter lights shine in the Westborough Rotary following a night of light snowfall back in December of last year. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – Although summer is in full swing, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the holiday season.

As such, the Westborough Select Board last month approved a plan for this year’s Winter Lights display. 

“I’m fully supportive of this,” said Select Board member Shelby Marshall during the board’s June 14 meeting. “I think it’s been well-received. It gives a pop and warmth to our downtown that our community appreciates and wants.” 

Rotary Club leaders previously appeared before the Select Board last year to discuss their plans to revamp their annual holiday light display.

As Rotarian Jim O’Connor told the Select Board last month, phase one of their plans involved decorating every decorative pole in the downtown area — a total of 24 — with a garland, festive bow and white lights. 

The Westborough Rotary’s prominent fir tree was also decorated with over 400 multicolored bulbs. Trunks of the three deciduous trees also standing in the rotary were additionally wrapped in lights.

“I think that gives a classic look to the holiday season,” O’Connor said. 

While last year’s display was a success, according to O’Connor, planned floodlights did not work was planned. 

In working with their supplier, O’Connor said they took down the floodlights, which may now be used on another project.

O’Connor said the club plans to add warm white lights to tree branches as part of the 2022 display. 

The Rotary Club also wants to decorate 16 more poles. 

“We think it’s going to be a spectacular change,” O’Connor said of the tree lights.

The Select Board unanimously approved the winter lights agreement with the Rotary Club. 

The winter lights will be on display from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15.

The club will begin its fundraising campaign for the winter lights shortly. 

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