MANCHESTER – The city of Manchester Economic Development Office announced the 2nd Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place this coming Saturday, December 9, from 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm in Downtown Manchester at City Hall Plaza.
The 2nd Annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off at the Bookery at 4:00 PM with Mr. and Mrs. Claus hosting a story time event for all the kids in attendance, followed by the tree lighting at City Hall Plaza, where attendees will enjoy some hot chocolate provided by Diz’s Cafe and traditional holiday songs performed by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
“Manchester’s Tree Lighting ceremony is a wonderful holiday tradition. I encourage families and visitors to join us to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to holiday music and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “It’s a great opportunity to come together and enjoy all that downtown has to offer. Many thanks to Manchester’s Economic Development Office for organizing so many fun holiday festivities. From the Winter Wonderland Holiday Parade to the Tree Lighting ceremony to the Holiday Lights Contest, our city is in the holiday spirit.”
Additionally, attendees will be able to capture some magical moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus during a special photo session immediately following the tree lighting before Santa and Mrs. Claus conclude the 2nd Annual Tree Lighting ceremony by embarking on a cheerful walking journey to visit Manchester’s downtown small businesses and patrons, spreading cheer and holiday spirit from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM along Elm St.
Attendees on Saturday are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy or gift to drop off at City Hall Plaza for the Tower of Toys Drive that benefits local children’s organizations, and event spectators can also bring a new and unwrapped toy or gift directly to Bonfire Restaurant and Country Bar, located at 950 Elm St., to donate to the Miracle on Elm Street Toy Drive that benefits Manchester’s kids in need through the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
“The Manchester Economic Development Office is excited to partner with New England Holiday Lights for the city’s second annual tree lighting event, sharing the joy of the holiday season with our residents and visitors while providing a positive impact on our local small business community for the third straight weekend of holiday events.” said Jodie Nazaka, Economic Development Director for the City of Manchester. “This marks the beginning of a new holiday tradition in Manchester, one we anticipate will gain popularity and expand over time.”
The City of Manchester Economic Development Office is dedicated to fostering community growth, prosperity, and holiday cheer. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the community and our partners, including the Central Service Business District, New England Holiday Light Company, and Outdoor Pride, for making this event possible and for brightening up our downtown throughout this holiday season.