Northborough residents get ready for the holidays


Northborough residents get ready for the holidays
Fifth grade students sing holiday songs during the tree lighting on Blake Street. (Photo/Dan Holmes)

NORTHBOROUGH – Northborough residents gathered downtown Dec. 3 for the Annual Tree Lighting to welcome the holiday season.

“We were very concerned about the wind and the rain,” said Community Affairs Committee’s Suzy Cieslica. “We had decided not to postpone it because of all of the moving parts that go into it, and all the different players. We have held it in the pouring rain before, so we decided to chance it.”

The rain let up right as the tree lighting was kicking.

“It worked out well,” Cieslica said.

Board of Selectmen Chair Mitch Cohen spoke as part of the events.

Cieslica also recognized the fifth grade Northborough chorus, which performed, and its teachers Scott Arnold, Colleen Burns and Katrina Whalen; and Neil Ellsworth’s niece Mary Kate Pizzilo performed the National Anthem.

She also gave a shout out to the Department of Public Works for providing the lights and Darryl Hey, who provided sound.

The committee thanked the Northboro House of Pizza, which donated pizza for the event; Metrowest Painting for purchasing the hot chocolate and Wegmans for the cookies and candy canes.

Later this month, the committee will be hosting a community decorating contest called “Light up the Town.”

Cieslica noted that the committee is encouraging residents to not only enter their homes, but also their streets or neighborhoods.

The deadline to sign-up is currently Dec. 7. Voting kicks off on Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 21.

For more information on how to sign up and for more holiday events, visit