FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2020
MAYOR STEWART ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AT CENTRAL PARK
New Britain - Mayor Erin E. Stewart and the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department are proud to announce the details for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park. The event will take place on Tuesday December 1st, 2020 and will be streamed live across various City of New Britain and the Mayor’s social media channels at 5:30pm. The event will be held rain or shine.
“We are very excited to be continuing this magical tradition in downtown New Britain,” said Mayor Stewart. “Like many of the other events that we’ve had this year, our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is going to look a little different in light of COVID-19 precautions. This year, we will be encouraging people to participate from home as we are changing the format to a virtual live-streaming event. I’ll be there with my trusted side-kick hosts, Alderman Robert Smedley and Parks and Recreation Director Erik Barbieri, and we’ll be bringing the holiday magic right into your living rooms with a great program that’ll excite young and old alike.”
The current program for the event includes Mayor Stewart acting as host for the event, a visit from Santa Claus, musical performances from various individuals and groups, interviews from local residents and business leaders, the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, and much more. The winner of the Christmas tree drawing contest will be present to assist the Mayor in lighting the Christmas tree. Possible changes to the program may occur as a result of the ongoing public health crisis.
If you would like to participate in the evening’s festivities, the Mayor encourages you to please do so from home by logging onto one of the included social media channels below. In person attendance will not be permitted this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Brock L. Weber
Executive Aide to Mayor Erin Stewart
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