MARLBOROUGH – As a kickoff to the winter holiday season, Marlborough held their annual tree lighting celebration “Home for the Holidays” on Friday on the Marlborough Common and First City Church.
With Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant unable to attend the event, City Council President Michael Ossing led the festivities including the countdown to the tree lighting.
“The turnout has just been fantastic. The crowd is great, and the weather is perfect tonight,” Ossing said. “It’s nice when the community gathers around a festivity like this, it’s a great community builder to get everybody out here.”
Hundreds filled the Common to participate in the event, which Ossing said he remembers being a significant event for the community since he joined the City Council over 20 years ago.
“It’s just fun, it’s what Christmas is supposed to be,” Ossing continued. “One of the firefighters was telling me that this was like a scene right out of one of the Christmas movies with everybody in the park ready for the tree lighting, and I think he captured it pretty well.”
The lighting included live music, hot chocolate and popcorn, a petting zoo, and an opportunity for children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus under the Christmas tree. Live performances from Marlborough High School choral groups filled the space with holiday music, as community members enjoyed hot chocolate, mingled, and lined up to meet Santa.
Following the tree lighting, First Church, which sits at the north end of the Common, offered their facilities to host performances from Marlborough High School groups. Those who wanted a break from the cold could go inside to hear from the Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Jazz Ensemble.