As the old song says, it is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In Wilmington, that’s especially true on Saturday.
The town holds its annual tree lighting ceremony Saturday night on Town Common, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with hayrides and other family activities. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and the lights will officially turn on at 6 p.m.
“The annual tree lighting is not only any opportunity for Wilmington families to come together to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, but, like so many other events in town, it is also an opportunity to gather as a community,” said Scott Garrant, board member of the Fourth of July Committee, which organizes the lighting. “It is an opportunity to see friends and neighbors and to celebrate all that makes Wilmington a special place to live.”
One of the highlights of the event is the ice sculptures that are carved throughout the evening. Each year it is a surprise what the theme will be, but the quality is always high.
Groups of local choirs will fill the night air will holiday songs, the evening always serves as a must attend social event for residents. And of course, there is always a certain man in red in attendance as well.
“I believe for many it has become not only a town tradition, but also a family tradition,” said Garrant. “There are so many great events in Wilmington throughout the year. I do think, however, that residents look forward to the tree lighting as a chance to come together as a community and look forward to that special moment when Santa lights the trees on the Town Common.”
Check back with Wilmington Patch on Monday for complete coverage of the event.