Ringing In The Season, Westport-Style

It’s Westport’s newest holiday tradition: the  Downtown Merchants Association nameless post-Christmas tree-lighting celebration.

Hordes of Westporters with young kids strolled the short distance from Town Hall to Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s handsome Branson Hall this evening.

There was plenty of free food (courtesy of Bobby Q’s, Oscar’s and Westport Pizzeria), free drinks (thanks, Blue Lemon and Purple Feet), ice sculptors, a fire pit, and great music (Chris Coogan, Staples Orphenians).

Fifteen local non-profits sold gifts, to support their very worthy causes.

And — how could I forget?! — Santa came too.

Photo ops don’t get more classic than this.

Staples Orphenians’ new choral director Luke Rosenberg leads his a cappella group through some holiday songs.

At nighttime in the church courtyard, Orphenians Will Smith (left) and Will Haskell use a modern method to read their music: cell phones.

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