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Pittsfield Sets Virtual Tree Lighting for 2020
03:05PM / Friday, December 04, 2020
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City crews decorating the 25-foot spruce installed earlier this week at Park Square.


The city putting up holiday lights along North Street on Thursday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is the latest community to present a virtual tree lighting to avoid the crowds the annual event regularly draws. The gatherings have been limited in size because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
 
In this case, Pittsfield Community Television is teaming up with the city of Pittsfield's Recreation Program for a televise a virtual 2020 holiday tree lighting.
 
"The holiday tree lighting is a special and memorable occasion for our entire community. While we won't be able to gather together this year, the holiday tree stands as a vivid reminder of the many good things that are still around us," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event possible."
 
PCTV will present the "Virtual 2020 Park Square Tree Lighting" at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. The program will air on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301, PCTV Select, Facebook Watch, and YouTube. 
 
Santa and Mrs. Claus will host the show, which will feature the Pittsfield High School band, Kids 4 Harmony, and the Taconic High School chorus. The program will be rerun multiple times during the holiday season and available for viewing on-demand on PittsfieldTV.org.
 
"PCTV is proud to help continue this wonderful tradition for our city," said PCTV Executive Director Shawn Serre. "For nearly three decades, our channels have broadcast this event live from Park Square, for folks who weren't able to attend.  This year, I'm happy to say, everyone will be able to share in the excitement from the safety and comfort of their homes."
 
The tree is a 25-foot tall blue spruce donated by General Electric in cooperation with SABIC. The tree was installed by the Parks and Highway departments and L.P. Adams.
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