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Celebrate the Holidays in Somerville

Community Invited to Annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings & Somerville Arts Council Illuminations Tour

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) warmly invite the Somerville community to join in the City’s 2023 holiday celebrations. The City will illuminate City Hall concourse with festive tree and menorah lighting events that will include snacks, refreshments, entertainment and gifts for children. 

The community is also invited to see the creativity and holiday spirit of their neighbors by embarking on either a self-guided or SAC-led Illuminations Tour. More details about each event are available below.

Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • Start Time: 5 p.m.
  • Location: City Hall Concourse (93 Highland Ave)

Menorah Lighting

  • Date: Sunday, December 10, 2023 NEW Date: December 12, 2023
  • Start Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: City Hall Concourse (93 Highland Ave)

Illuminations Tour
Don your bike helmet for Somerville’s interactive Illuminations extravaganza!


  • December 9, 2023-January 2024: Illuminations map available to take a self guided tour
  • December 16, 2023: SAC Illuminations Bike Tour (rain date December 17)
    • Location: Somerville High School main entrance (81 Highland Ave)
    • Time: 5:45 p.m. (departure at 6 p.m.) 

For more information on the City’s holiday events, please call 311 (617-666-3311 from outside the City). For more information on the SAC Illuminations Tour, please email Iaritza Menjivar at


Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or

These events will be videotaped by the City’s GovTV team. Watch it on-demand with optional closed-captioning (select the CC icon) on Or watch on cable TV at GovTV Comcast Ch. 22 and GovTV Astound (RCN) Ch. 13 & 613. Videos generally post within one business day of recording.  

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