Tree Lighting Being Combined With Parade for 2013

The events are slated for Nov. 30.

The Tolland Festival of Lights Parade. Photo Credit: TFD
The Tolland Festival of Lights Parade. Photo Credit: TFD

'Tis the season already. 

The Tolland Permanent Celebration Committee and the Tolland Fire Department are joining forces this year to make the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on the Green a "bigger and better event for Tolland residents."

The committee has scheduled the annual tree lighting ceremony for Saturday, Nov. 30 – one week earlier than usual – to pair it with the Tolland Fire Department’s Festival of Lights Parade.

The tree lighting is slated to begin at 4 p.m. on the green, with special guests arriving from the North Pole to help light the tree and visit with children about their holiday wishes.  

Refreshments will be served, and non-perishable food items and donations will be collected for the Tolland Food Pantry.

At 5:05 p.m., festively decorated fire trucks and floats from Tolland and surrounding towns will begin a parade from the Tolland Senior Center to the Tolland Recreation Department at the old Parker Memorial School on Old Post Road.

For more information about the tree lighting, contact committee President Celeste Senechal at tollandpcc@gmail.com or 860-543-4687.

For more information about the Tolland Festival of Lights Parade, contact the Tolland Fire Department at 860-871-3677, ext. 2540.

Bob Smith November 09, 2013 at 11:07 AM
It is called a Christmas Tree, not a holiday tree. We don't refer to the Menorah on the Tolland green as, holiday candles, do we?
James Gifford November 09, 2013 at 11:37 AM
I concur, Bob, regardless of which direction you're coming from. Using a clumsy circumlocution for what we all know is a Christmas tree demeans those who see it as a religious symbol and amuses the rest of us who know that "Christmas" has been a largely secular holiday for a century. Either it's a Christmas tree, or the other thing is a Holiday Candelabra. Choose one. :)


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