PLAINVILLE- The town of Plainville carried on its traditional tree lighting ceremony for the 26th year Thursday at the Plainville fire house, kicking off the season with Santa riding in on a firetruck.
The Plainville High School band and chorus filled the chilly night with holiday warmth as more than 100 people gathered to listen to them perform classic Christmas carols and seasonal songs.
Songs included Deck the Halls, Jolly old Saint Nicholas, Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, Angels We Have Hears on High, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Children, dressed in Santa hats and wool caps, bounced along to the songs and sang alongside with their parents. One boy who was really feeling the Christmas spirit pumped his fists and raised the roof to Jingle Bells.
Pastor Jim Caron read from scripture telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Then, town leaders shared their Christmas wishes with the assembled residents.
Town Council chair Kathy Pugliese said it was an “amazing” event that she was happy to participate in each year. She thanked all those who made the event possible.
“I wish you all a happy holiday season, a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year,” she said.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee also thanked the event organizers. He said that the sing-along was “very nice.”
“I wish you all a merry Christmas and a safe holiday,” he said.
Fire Chief Kevin Toner said it was “wonderful to see the community come together.” He advise people to be careful with candles and to make sure that Christmas trees were well watered.
Police Lieutenant Eric Peterson reminded adults to have a designated driver or use Uber, not to text when driving and to make sure everyone in the car was wearing a seat belt.
Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett said that the band and chorus sounded great.
“I am so thankful for this special community,” she said. “We have so many wonderful things happening in town like this event. I hope you all have a prosperous and happy new year.”
Marco Palmero, of the Plainville Downtown Merchants Association, and Jeff DiCosimo, chair of the Plainville Chamber, thanked visitors to Connecticut and encouraged them to stop at downtown businesses after.
Pastor Caron then thanked God for bestowing his gifts upon the community and prayed that he watch over and bless its people.
Evan, a young boy from Linden Street School, then stepped up to the microphone to call for Santa Claus.
“Oh Santa?” he asked. “Where are you?”
It wasn’t long after that the sound of a fire engine wailing and honking its horn could be heard. As it arrived, decked out in lights, children ran hand-in-hand to the roadside shouting for Santa. Santa, riding in the passenger seat, waved to them as he arrived.
Santa then led the children inside for hot cider and cookies and a chance to share their holiday wishes.
Residents were also able to enjoy a holiday stroll, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, that night. The event saw local businesses offering crafts, raffles and deals to those who visited them.
People were also able to hop on a horse-drawn wagon, sponsored by the Rotary Club, to take a ride through town and create magical memories.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.