When my family moved to Lancaster from New York almost two decades ago, the first community event we attended in town was the Mayor’s Tree Lighting. Back then, we didn’t realize what a treasured tradition the Tree Lighting was in Downtown Lancaster; we were just grateful for the kind shop owner that gave us some hot cocoa along with the directions to Penn Square.
Last year, someone shared the following story on Facebook:
I will be at the Tree Lighting. My dad used to take us Downtown for the Tree Lighting and then he would give us each $20 to shop. He would sit outside Woolworth’s Department Store while we shopped. He got some coffee, sat down and talked to all the other parents doing the same thing. He passed in 1980 at 51 years old. I’ll never forget him… or this treasured memory!
After hearing stories like that and being on the other (planning) side of the Tree Lighting, I’ve come to see how special this tradition is to Lancaster residents and visitors alike. I hope you’ll join us at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas on Friday, November 29 to make your own family memories in Downtown Lancaster this year – it’s free and open to the public. You can find the full schedule and other Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays events on our website.
If you have any fond memories of the Tree Lighting or any other City event, let us know in the comments!
The Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas is only one of many special community events MOOSE produces throughout the year. Support those events and the promotion of the arts in Downtown Lancaster by giving to the Mayor’s Office of Special Events during the Extraordinary Give this year! We appreciate your support.