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Just two days before the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Holiday Show, some Grinches have vandalized the new holiday tree on Springfield’s Park Central Square.
In a post on social media, the Springfield Police Department said surveillance cameras on the square caught several individuals taking bulbs off the tree and breaking them. The 49-foot-tall artificial tree is new this year, purchased by the City of Springfield with the help of a $15,000 donation from the Hatch Foundation.
The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Holiday Show is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6-8:30 p.m. The evening includes live performances ranging from country to jazz and opera, as well as dance. Mayor Ken McClure will read “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” by Clement Clark Moore, more commonly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Free copies of the book will be available, provided by the Mayor’s Commission for Children.
Families can take “Selfies with Santa” throughout the evening, enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes, and take free horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown.
The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Holiday Show will be broadcast on Me TV starting at 7 p.m. and the tree will be lit just before 8. For more information, visit the city’s Festival of Lights website.