Communities celebrate the holidays with numerous events

Nov. 22, 2022 | Matt Conway

Seasonal events, like the Lighting of the Quadrangle, will take place throughout the holidays.
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SPRINGFIELD/CHICOPEE – As the holiday season approaches, city leaders and community organizations are gearing up for an array of events to celebrate the upcoming festivities.

Springfield kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting on Nov. 22 at Union Station. The annual ceremony acknowledges the grand Christmas tree sitting inside of Union Station, which is dressed to the tee with opulent decorations and seasonal staples.

On Nov. 25, community organizations are hosting a slew of holiday celebrations. MGM Springfield is celebrating their annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The event will start with a performance from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Chorus before MGM Springfield President Chris Kelley and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno offer remarks.

The tree lighting also marks the opening of MGM Springfield’s ice rink. The rink will be open for public skating on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 10 p.m., as well as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season.

At the Springfield Museums, the annual Lighting of the Quadrangle takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 25. The event celebrates the transformation of Springfield Museums’ Quadrangle into a festive outdoor lighting display.

The Lighting of the Quadrangle will include appearances from the Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will also be provided for all attendees.

Additionally, Springfield welcomes the debut of Bright Nights at Forest Park on Nov. 23. The Spirit of Springfield staple has been operating since 1995, showcasing an array of festive lighting fixtures located throughout the Forest Park landscape.

This year’s Bright Nights will also feature the return of the Bright Nights 5K Road Race on Nov. 28 and Supper with Santa throughout December. Both events continue to see active presales from community members, according to Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

In Chicopee, the city is planning for their annual tree lighting celebration on Dec. 2. The celebration takes place outside of City Hall at 5 p.m., with Mayor John Vieau making a grand entrance alongside Santa via a fire truck.

“Santa will be the guest of honor,” said Vieau.

The tree lighting will also include performances from local choir and dance groups. After the ceremony, cookies and hot chocolate will be offered inside of City Hall.

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