Northborough plans for tree, menorah lighting

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Northborough plans for tree, menorah lighting
Attendees of this year’s Light Up Northborough event enjoyed songs and spectacle as a menorah and Christmas tree were lit. (Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)

NORTHBOROUGH – The holiday season is upon us, and the Northborough Community Affairs Committee is getting ready for its Annual Tree Lighting. 

The Annual Tree Lighting will take place on Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. on Blake Street. 

“We’re very excited to be planning the tree lighting in person again this year,” Suzy Cieslica during the Nov. 21 Board of Selectmen meeting. 

The event will feature a performance by the fifth grade Northborough chorus and complimentary treats while supplies last. Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy for Toys for Tots or an item for the Northborough Food Pantry. 

A member of the Ellsworth family will sing the National Anthem, according to Cieslica. 

During the meeting, Cieslica thanked the Department of Public Works. 

“The DPW is fantastic. They are my silent partner on almost everything that we plan, working in the background. … We couldn’t do anything we do without them,” she said.

The tree lighting is sponsored by Northboro House of Pizza and Metrowest Painting. 

Last year marked the first time a menorah was lit up as part of the holiday event as Hanukkah overlapped with the tree lighting. 

“Which made for a great launch year,” said Board of Selectmen Chair Mitch Cohen, who helped plan it. 

This year, Hanukkah begins on Dec. 18. The menorah will be set up and lit simultaneously with the tree lighting, Cohen said. 

Then, the menorah will be placed in storage before it is taken out to be lit on Dec. 18. Northborough’s menorah lighting will be the evening of Dec. 25, and Cohen added that they weren’t planning on having a large event such as the tree lighting. 

“I will say that our adding a menorah inspired the town of Grafton to add one this year to their calendar, which I was very, very excited to hear about,” Cohen said. 

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