Santa Claus riding a firetruck to Norwalk City Hall tree lighting Friday evening
Published 6:58 pm, Monday, November 27, 2017
NORWALK — Look for music, cookies and hot chocolate, crafts for children and Santa Claus arriving in style at the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration outside Norwalk City Hall this Friday evening.
“It will be outside this year. Santa will be coming in a firetruck,” said Christine Jacobson, administrative support person in the Norwalk Department of Recreation and Parks. “We have crafts that the kids will be doing this year, so we have ornaments that the kids will be able to make and take home with them.”
Jacobson, who is organizing this year’s tree-lighting celebration, said families should also expect chips, cookies and Munchkins, water and hot chocolate.
The parks department’s showmobile, she continued, will be parked next to the tree and provide a stage for Crystal Theater, Norwalk Community Choral and other musical performers.
The 2017 Norwalk City Hall Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., on the front lawn of City Hall, 125 East Ave.
Mayor Harry Rilling will flick the switch to light the tree at the exclusively outdoor celebration, which will mark a break from several recent tree-lightings that were held inside Norwalk Concert Hall auditorium.
“If the weather was bad we were going to do it inside, but I guess it always used to be outside and we wanted to do it outside this year,” Jacobson said.
The National Weather Service has forecast partly sunny skies for Norwalk on Friday with the temperature climbing to 52 degrees during the day and falling to 33 degrees under partly cloudy skies overnight.
Town Clerk Richard McQuaid — a father of six — will serve as master of ceremonies at the tree lighting.
“I don’t know if they chose me because I have the most kids of elected officials right now or what, but I’m looking forward to it,” McQuaid said. “It’s pretty exciting and I have a lot of people coming out for it and it’s a nice night.”