NORTHBOROUGH – With a flip of a switch, Northborough welcomed the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting on Dec. 2.
“We love bringing community together for events like this, and we love to plan fun in Northborough,” said Rebecca Mihopoulos.
The tree lighting was held by the Northborough Community Affairs Committee and sponsored by the Northboro House of Pizza, which provided pizza; Wegmans, which supplied cookies; Starbucks, which provided hot cocoa; and Raising Cane’s, which gave coupons to the chorus.
The tree lighting was held on the corner of Route 20 and Blake Street in honor of Neil Ellsworth, a Northborough resident who lost his life during the Vietnam War. His niece, Mary Kate Pezzillo, performed the National Anthem.
Select Board member Laura Ziton, who spoke on behalf of the board, said that she was honored to participate in the event.
“Many thanks to the Community Affairs Committee for all they do throughout the year to make these fun events possible,” she said.
Ziton recognized the Department of Public Works, police and fire departments, honor guard and “everyone who joins these events to share the holiday spirit in our community.”
“While it’s always important for us to come together, the holidays are a time when we can truly express our gratitude for the opportunity to share the special times,” said Ziton.
After the tree was lit, the fifth grade all-town community chorus sang carols.
The Northborough menorah lighting will be held on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.