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    NEW HAVEN CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING

    (11/19/2009) New Haven, Conn. - The City of New Haven will present its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on the historic Green Thursday, December 3. The free family-fun event kicks off downtown’s holiday season at 5:30pm with live performances by Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, Fair Haven K-8 School and Unity Boys Choir. The program will be co-hosted by WTNH News Channel 8/MyTV 9’s own Gil Simmons and Desiree Fontaine. Santa, Ronald McDonald, and other special guests will lend a hand to illuminate the tree.

    “This is a festive annual tradition for families to enjoy in New Haven,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “I welcome residents and visitors to explore New Haven this holiday season. The tree lighting is only the beginning of the New Haven winter experience. The next several weeks and months are full of entertainment, shopping and other unique activities for everyone.”

    This year’s tree is a 65 65-foot foot-tall Norway spruce donated by Frederick and Sarah Peters from their home in Shelton. The tree will be illuminated with 20,000 sparkling energy-efficient LED lights in an array of colors. The change to LED lights, which happened last year, saves the City approximately 90% of prior years’ energy costs.

    From 4-8pm there will be a host of free activities for children to enjoy– carousel rides, tug & train rides, letter writing to the Santa with an express mail box for deliveries to the North Pole and the opportunity to be part of the “Alpine Safari” by riding on one of four mechanical animals, free of charge. There will also be holiday crafts, popcorn, and free hayrides around the Green for all to enjoy. After the tree is lit, children can visit and take photos with Santa until 7:30PM.

    The event is presented by the City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. The Ccarousel is sponsored by Yale New Haven Hospital. Santa’s House is sponsored by Comcast.

    In the case of extreme inclement weather, the tree lighting will be held Friday, December 4. For more information, visit www.infonewhaven.com or contact (203) 946-7172.

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    The City of New Haven’s Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the City’s quality of life and supporting its economic development through the production of events, the commissioning of public art and assisting and promoting New Haven’s many artists and cultural organizations.



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