Tomorrow evening (Thursday, December 3, 5 p.m.) marks the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall. It’s a fun event, and all are welcome.
But if you figured you’d mosey on down to Christ & Holy Trinity Church afterward, for what in the past few years was a nice hot cocoa-and-carols gathering, think again.
The venue has changed. The celebration will now be held on Main Street, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be carolers (starting at Town Hall) and food carts (with free roasted chestnuts, pretzels, popcorn and cotton candy). Non-profits will offer information on their groups too.
If you’re looking for more details though, do not check out the Westport Downtown Merchants Association website. As of this morning, it still previewed last year’s event. (The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is a co-sponsor.)
Can’t make it to Town Hall tomorrow? Or just a tree-lighting junkie? Come to Wakeman Town Farm this Saturday (December 5, 4 p.m.).
In a revival of a longtime Wakeman family tradition, farmers will light the tree. There’s a bonfire, hot chocolate and treats, while the Coleytown Middle School band plays holiday tunes.
More into dreidels and latkes? Westport’s 4 Jewish congregations — Beit Chaverim, Chabad, the Conservative Synagogue and Temple Israel — join hands on the 1st night of Hanukkah (this Sunday, December 6, 5 p.m.) for a community-wide menorah lighting and celebration.
It’s set for the small park at the corner of the Post Road and Main Street. The menorah will remain up (and lit nightly) for all 8 days.
“In a world often filled with darkness and divisiveness, we are thrilled to stand united with the hope of bringing light into our community as we celebrate Hanukkah together,” says Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of the Conservative Synagogue.
Hanukkah is, of course, the Festival of Lights. Whatever your faith — or if you have none at all — you can still enjoy the holiday lights downtown. The ones on the menorah, and the other ones on the lamp posts.