ESSEX—Approximately 300 people gathered outside the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River Saturday night to watch Santa light a ginormous Christmas tree!

This Essex tradition as been a holiday favorite for the entire family for decades—45 years to be exact! The directors at the heritage society wanted to continue this special tradition in order to help spread happiness and cheer and perhaps no year needs more holiday cheer than this one.

People gathered, all while wearing masks, to watch Santa Clause arrive in a fire truck, listen and sing along to Christmas carols, and watch Santa light up the tree. Good boys and girls also received an early Christmas gift from Santa!

George-Janice Lang and his crew from Power Factor cut the 25-fot long tree, hauled it to Essex, secured it, helped decorate it, and made sure the lights were ready to go for Santa.

This year’s ceremony is extra special because it will be in honor of the late Don Crockett who recently passed away this year. Crockett was a pillar in the Essex community who was a huge part of organizing the tree lighting as well as many other community events. He, and of course his famous King Charles Spaniels, always wore the merriest holiday attire to the tree lighting, making the event even more special.

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