ESSEX — A long time holiday tradition is returning to Essex Saturday, Dec. 6, as the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River look to revitalize the area’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration.
For the first time in years, a Christmas tree will be placed in front of the museum’s fire doors and the community is invited to see the lights go on at 6 p.m.
“Honest to goodness, it’s been awhile,” said Heritage Society President June Donovan.
Last year, with the continued absence of a tree, the museum welcomed the winter holidays with Santa’s sleigh. Visitors were invited to meet and have their photos taken with Santa and enjoy holiday themed songs and treats.
“We had about 30 people show up last year,” said Heritage Society Secretary Sandy Zinkhan. “We’re hoping to get more interest from the community for this year.”
While Santa’s sleigh will be returning this year, it will also be accompanied by a 14 foot tall Christmas tree.
The tree lighting celebration will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and holiday enthusiasts will be treated with
the Orems United Methodist Church choir singing popular holiday songs, free light refreshments and homemade cookies, and a free tree ornaments for kids. Children will also have the opportunity to sit with the big man in red and tell him what they want for Christmas and to have their photo taken with Santa. All free of charge.
The museum will also be open for tours during the celebration.
“We are the best kept secret in Essex,” Zinkhan said.
All the fun will happen outside and inside the Heritage Society at 516 Eastern Blvd. The event will be held rain or shine. In the chance that it does rain, the celebration will be held inside the museum.