Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrates 100th Anniversary

It’s a beloved tradition that continues at the end of every year in Doylestown.

On the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, adults and children gather at the center of town – the plaza by Starbucks at State and Main streets – to await Santa’s arrival by antique fire truck, heralding the official start to the Christmas season.

Santa then helps the community count down to lighting the beautifully decorated tall evergreen tree chosen to grace the town square for the holidays.

And this year is even more special. It’s the 100th anniversary of the tree-lighting ceremony.

The event takes place between 6 and 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Central Bucks West’s marching band and choir bring their own brand of seasonal music to the family-oriented festivities. The night is sponsored by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance.

After the lighting, check out the new Christmas Cottage down the street at the Hamilton Street parking lot. A tree crashed through the roof of Santa’s House last winter, causing severe damage. The new version will be unveiled this season.

With snowflake lights already illuminating town byways, our holiday season is ready to head into high gear. Doylestown is a great place to visit any time of the year, but it is especially wonderful during the holiday season. Enjoy it all!