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Westport Ushers In The Christmas Season With Tree Lighting

Westport kicked off the Christmas season Wednesday night with a tree lighting ceremony in front of Town Hall.
Westport kicked off the Christmas season Wednesday night with a tree lighting ceremony in front of Town Hall. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Children and adults, including Westport state Reps. Jon Steinberg and Gail Lavielle, watch as Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe lights the town's Christmas tree in front of Town Hall.
Children and adults, including Westport state Reps. Jon Steinberg and Gail Lavielle, watch as Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe lights the town's Christmas tree in front of Town Hall. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Two young boys visit with Santa  Wednesday night during the annual Westport Downtown Merchants Association's community-wide holiday party.
Two young boys visit with Santa Wednesday night during the annual Westport Downtown Merchants Association's community-wide holiday party. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
An ice sculptor works on a nutcracker sculpture Wednesday night at the Westport Downtown Merchants Association holiday party.
An ice sculptor works on a nutcracker sculpture Wednesday night at the Westport Downtown Merchants Association holiday party. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. — It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Westport as town officials and residents of all ages gathered in front of Town Hall and watched as First Selectman Jim Marpe— with the simple push of a button— lit the town’s official Christmas tree.

“One of the things that makes Westport such a great place to live is events like this,” Marpe said before flipping the proverbial switch Wednesday evening.

The event was the town’s third annual outdoor tree lighting ceremony. For the past two events, the large Norway Spruce was wrapped in multi-colored lights. This year, the tree is decorated with light blue lights that create a soft glow.

After the tree was lit, many residents walked over to the Westport Historical Society for free hot cocoa. Others headed straight to Christ & Holy Trinity Church, where the Westport Downtown Merchants Association was hosting its third annual community-wide holiday party. The party included live music and entertainment, food and a visit from Santa himself.

If you missed the festivities, there’s good news: the Westport Downtown Merchants Association is hosting more holiday events over the coming weeks. On the weekends of Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, Main Street visitors can enjoy free horse and buggy rides, carolers, hot cocoa/hot cider and a strolling Santa. Most activities will take place between noon and 3 p.m.

For more information, visit the Westport Downtown Merchants Association website .

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