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Essex Christmas Tree

ESSEX — Just in time for the holidays, the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River is lighting up the lawn of the museum with a fully decorated, 35-foot-tall Christmas tree and welcomes the community to join the annual lighting tradition on Dec. 4.

“It is a great time for the community to come together and get in the holiday spirit,” Essex Heritage Society president Lisa Harlow said.

The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and Santa Claus is expected to show up 30 minutes in to turn on the lights with the press of a remote control button, following a countdown.

“It is a sight to see,” Harlow said, adding that the tree will have basketball-sized ornaments, LED lights and a snowflake topper.

Santa will ride on a fire truck in a parade made up of vehicles from the Essex Volunteer Fire Department, and he will be available for photos following the lighting. Each child in attendance will receive a gift bag and is allowed to pick out a hat and a pair of gloves.

Russell Slocum, aka DJ Russ, will be playing Christmas songs at the event, and Karie May is emceeing.

“It is my favorite night of the year,” Harlow said. “It sets the tone for the month and kicks off the holidays here in Essex.”

The Essex tree lighting is held a week before Dundalk holds its own tree lighting, expected to be held at Poplar Place Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 11.

UPDATE: The print version of this article incorrectly stated the name of the DJ. Russell Slocum will be deejaying the event. The Avenue apologizes for the error. 

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