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2012 Holiday Events

Christmas Tree Lighting
The City’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Thursday, December 6th at 5:30 P.M. on the City Hall Concourse, followed by a meet and greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Highlander Café (atrium entrance). For the first time, this event will also include a ceremonial lighting of a Hanukkah Menorah, which will remain on the concourse throughout the season.

The tree lighting ceremony will feature musical entertainment by: the Somerville High School Band; the SHS Chorus and the Somerville Community Chorus; and El Sistema Somerville, the City’s new youth orchestra based on the international model. Special guest Santa Claus will be escorted by the Somerville Fire Department for the ceremony and will be available for photos following the tree lighting. All children attending the ceremony will also receive a gift from Santa.

Illuminations Trolley Tour
This is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th, with tours departing from the City Hall Concourse beginning at 4:30pm. The 45-minute tours will showcase holiday light displays in our own Somerville. Tours leave from (and return to) Somerville City Hall where coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies are served. Entertainment at City Hall includes choral music, courtesy of the Somerville Community Chorus and craft activities for children.

Trolley Tour tickets will be available at the Blue Cloud Gallery, 713 Broadway, beginning Tuesday, November 27th. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. For more information visit