Oxford Hosts Its Tree Lighting Sunday

By: Jeanie Petersen

Oxford hosts its tree lighting Sunday

OXFORD – The honorable Oxford Village Mayor, Terry Stark, will be dusting off his top hat for one of Oxford’s grandest events of the year, the holiday season kick-off. You are invited to join the Mayor in LaFayette Park for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sunday at 5 p.m. Gather at the heart of the Village, by the bandstand, as it’s the site of an old-fashioned community festivity of lights, music, roasted chestnuts, caroling, refreshments, joyous reveling, and perhaps even a few surprises!

Each year it’s up to the Oxford Holiday Committee (OHC), a nonprofit organization, to creatively design and decorate the Park and now the new bridge. A bright and dazzling display is promised by the Committee once again. The beautiful 12’ evergreen tree will be up and twinkling with lots of lighted vignettes. For a sneak-peek of the tree or to see the Tree Lighting countdown, visit www.OxfordNY.com. Be sure to see the new sparkling lit ornaments on the recently completed Oxford Main Street Bridge!

A schedule has been planned, and printed programs will be distributed to all. Oxford Village Mayor Terry Stark will officiate the holiday spectacular and welcome in the holiday season. After a couple of carols, he will announce the Oxford Academy Primary School award recipients of the ninth annual “Recycled Holiday Ornament Contest.” This contest is sponsored by the OHC as a way to encourage the local children to get involved in the decorating fun, be part of the ceremony, and learn the benefits of recycling. Place prizes will include gift certificates to Big Blue’s and Hoppie’s.

More attention will be drawn to the ceremonious lighting of the big tree with a countdown this year. With some young assistants from the Primary School, a large light switch will be pulled to turn on the lights.

Talented members of Oxford Academy’s High School chorus will lead off with, “O Christmas Tree.” Following that, spirited carols will fill the air by Oxford Girl Scouts, and student volunteers under the direction of the very talented Michael Moren, accompanied by the Oxford United Church’s Praise Band.

Adding a little magic to this evening, the “jolly old elf himself,” Santa Claus, has been contacted at the North Pole, and he’s promised to visit Oxford. Santa’s busy right now pressing his red velvet suit, combing his long white beard, and shining his big black boots to look his best when he arrives in LaFayette Park. He will be waiting on a special park bench, amidst the twinkling lights, ready to listen to wishes from hopeful young ones. (Parents, bring your cameras!)

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As a very special treat this year, there will be an exciting preview of “The Last Doll Christmas Musical”©2008 by the Oxford Civic Theatre. Santa may be hearing some wishes for “The Last Doll” tickets!

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