Once local holiday celebrants have finished their big Thanksgiving meal and shopped ’til they dropped on Black Friday, they can continue the holiday weekend by spending Saturday evening at the Town of Dagsboro’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The event, which has been happening for about 10 years, will take place at the Katie Helm Park at 7 p.m.
“The lights will be turned on at 7 o’clock the Saturday after Thanksgiving,” explained Assistant Clerk Rae Long. “It’s always been that date. The tree in the park will be lit and decorated, and then all of the lights in town will be turned on, as well, and stay on until after Christmas.”
Long said that the lighting ceremony has a program filled with holiday music performed by various community members.
“There will be music. There will be singing. We have a program, and we’ve asked several people to sing for the program.”
Santa will also be making a special appearance at the ceremony, where kids can meet him and give him their Christmas lists.
“He’s going to talk to the kids, and they can tell him what they want, and he’ll give them a candy cane,” she explained.
The free event, which is open to the public, will also have a number of tasty treats for attendees to enjoy.
“I just hope people come, and I hope it’s not cold. That tends to put a damper on things, especially the little kids coming out,” she said with a laugh.
Long said that, in past years, the ceremony has not been as well attended as in previous years, and she hopes that this year will be different.
“It has been very sparse lately. So many people have so many things to do, and because it is a holiday weekend, a lot of people are out of town. Hopefully, we’ll get a better crowd.”
She added that the ceremony is just a fun way to kick off the holiday season and enjoy a family-friendly night.
“It’s just an annual ceremony, and everyone that attends seems to enjoy it,” she said.