.READING - 22nd Annual Reading Holiday Light Festival Scheduled for Sunday, December 1st
.November 1, 2013 Reading, MA – Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce is once again busy this year planning the annual Reading Holiday Light Festival which will be held on Sunday, December 1st from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. This fun filled family day will take place in downtown Reading on Haven Street, Lowell Street, Main Street, and the Reading Common. The Chamber of Commerce takes great pride in lighting the Reading Common and we invite everyone to join us to enjoy the festivities downtown beginning at 2:00. Santa will conduct the tree lighting ceremony at 4:30.
.The celebration activities throughout downtown include pictures with Santa at Reading Co-operative Bank, Petunia the Clown at Eastern Bank, and appearances by Elmo, Frosty, Rudolph, and more. Local talent will be performing throughout the event: Roaming carolers from our High School and Middle School choruses, the RMHS Marching Band, and dance performances including dances from The Nutcracker.
.You will want to enjoy a hayride around Reading. Then you can hop on a Trolley and listen to the Tom Smith Holiday Carolers while you ride around town. The trolley will be circling the downtown with stops at Grumpy Doyle’s where you can visit with Mrs. Claus, The Chocolate Truffle, and the Town Common. Trucks from Reading Municipal Light Department, the Fire Department, and DPW will be parked downtown and available for tours. Elite Freestyle Karate is providing a fun bouncy castle along with student demonstrations.
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.Be sure to arrive hungry. There will be many locations around town to enjoy delicious refreshments.
.Programs listing trolley stops and activity and entertainment schedules will be available at the festival. Please consult the program for specific performances. For further details, contact Chamber Executive Director, Janet Wolbrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-664-5060.
NORTH READING - 8th Annual North Reading Holiday Light Festival Scheduled for Sunday, December 1st
.North Reading, MA, November 19, 2013 – The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce’s Eigth Annual Holiday Lighting Festival will take place on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, from 2:30 – 4 pm. Santa will be escorted by fire truck from Reading Co-operative Bank to light the town Christmas tree at 4:15 pm. The lighting will be followed by the Annual Christmas on the Common sponsored by CCS. “We are very proud to host this growing event for the community of North Reading,” said John Murphy, chair of the event run by the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce. “It is the Chamber’s gift to the town and this year we have something for everyone.” The festival will take place around the Town Common including visits and photos with Santa at Reading Co-operative Bank and holiday activities around the Common. There will be appearances by Elmo, Frosty, Rudolph, and more. Local talent will be performing throughout the event: Roaming carolers from our High School and the Elementary and Middle School choruses will perform, the NRHS Marching Band, and dance performances.
.The Historical and Antiquities Society will celebrate a Victorian Christmas Faire at the Putnam House during the festival. Tractor hay rides sponsored by M.G. Hall will run between the library and the historical center where the Minit and Militia will open the Flint house and Schoolhouse.
.The Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations from both businesses and residents to purchase more lights and to defer the cost of the festival, which runs around $5,000 annually. A North Reading Holiday Lighting fund has been established at Reading Co-operative Bank. If you are interested in making a donation please make your check out to the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce and send it directly to the North Reading Holiday Lighting Fund, c/o Reading Co-operative Bank, 170 Park Street, North Reading, MA 01864.
.The Reading Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1989 and merged with the North Reading Business Association to form the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce in January 2000. With nearly 300 members, the Chamber provides them with networking, educational and promotional opportunities. The Chamber is dedicated to its members’ success and encourages participation in Chamber programs and events. For further information or to become a member, visit the Chamber website readingnreadingchamber.org or call Executive Director Janet Wolbrum at 978-664-5060.