Tree Lighting at Tewksbury Town Common

Julia Devlin

The Holiday Tree Lighting in Tewksbury, Massachusetts is a yearly tree lighting in which the town gathers together at the Town Common and there is a countdown to when the lights on all the surrounding trees are turned on and will remain on until well after the Holidays. This event took place on December 6, 2019 at 6:00pm.

The event is well organized and is all inclusive. Anyone that is interested in going is welcome to bring friends and family and come together to bear witness to the lighting of all the trees surrounding the Town Common. Before the trees are lit, there are different speakers that come to the podium to speak on what the town means to them and talk about the holiday season with the townspeople. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus both make an appearance and talk to the townspeople as well. The event will end at 8:00pm, going for two hours of speeches and family-friendly fun before the countdown begins and the trees light up with different colored lights decorating the gazebo and all around the town common.

This event is all inclusive, allowing anyone from surrounding towns to also attend the tree lighting as they wish. There are barrel fires posted around the area, but it is also suggested that you dress accordingly as it can be a bit cold and the wind chill can also affect how the temperature. The area is well directed and there are cops around the area directing traffic and keeping everyone safe from the main street that it to the left of the Town Common. There are many free activities that will be offered there such as a Marshmallow roasting overtop of the barrel fires that are posted around, writing letters to Santa and even being able to meet Santa and his elves. There will also be food offered there such as hot cider and donuts, hot chocolate, and candy cane treats. This event is kid friendly as seen in all the activities offered by the town. It is encouraged that attendees bring an unwrapped children’s toy to donate to the local toy drive.

The holiday tree lighting is an event worth coming out for. With all the activities that are there, no one is ever left bored or with nothing to do. Spending a night with friends and family is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and seeing all the trees alight with string lights is an amazing sight to see with the community.