City Council President Peter Marchetti welcomes the crowd.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The holiday season is officially on in Pittsfield with the annual tree lighting Ceremony at Park Square.
Hundreds gathered at Park Square on Friday night to bring in the holiday season with song and cheer as they lit up the Park Square Christmas tree.
"On behalf of Mayor Tyer and the entire City Council, I want to welcome you to the tree lighting ceremony and wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays on behalf of the city," Council President Peter Marchetti said. "Tonight is a very special moment in the city."
Recreation Activities Coordinator Becky Manship thanked all who made the event possible especially the parks maintenance crew.
"They are very crucial in getting this tree installed and decorated and making it more beautiful," she said. "Mother Nature challenged them this week but they worked hard to make tonight happen. I am grateful for all of them and the work they do each and every day."
The Taconic High School chorus sang carols and Santa and Mrs. Claus were on scene after the lighting.
Hot chocolate was also available courtesy of Patrick’s Pub.
The city also asked that all those who attended come with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry.
The tree lighting was followed by activities downtown for the Festive Frolic, hosted by Downtown Pittsfield Inc. that continues through Saturday.
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