Executive Director, New Britain Downtown District
To the Editor:
Last Thursday (Dec. 1) the Downtown District, in partnership with the city of New Britain, held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Central Park. This event has become the unofficial start to the holiday season for the past several decades.
As we were blessed with near perfect weather, over 500 children and their parents waited patiently and respectfully in line for nearly two hours to visit with Santa and get their first toy of the holiday season.
While they waited they listened to the holiday tunes played by DJ “B EZ”, along with a carol sing led by Stephen Hard, and ate Dunkin’ Munchkins and drank cocoa provided by Cary Gagnon’s store on Main Street, and handed out by New Britain Park and Recreation staff.
Santa arrived on time in a New Britain fire truck decorated with holiday lights, while the New Britain Police kept the streets clear and safe for the children and their parents. As the night progressed, the children waited and danced in the newly re-modeled square. Many adults were impressed with the good behavior and politeness of our school children. And as the night came to a close, staff from the New Britain Department of Public Works stayed with us until the end to break down and clean up.
This was a partnership of public, private, civilian and service people, children and parents of differing faiths, cultures, colors, ages, genders all different, but yet all common in their celebration around this annual event. This event, like so many that happen throughout our city each year makes us stronger as a community. To all those who helped support, worked at, or took part in last Thursday’s tree lighting, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and safe New Year.