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Colonial Williamsburg tree lighting kindles community spirit


‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the city excitement was stirring.

Colonial Williamsburg lit its Christmas tree Thursday evening, and despite moving the event up a few days from its annual Christmas Eve lighting, crowds arrived to celebrate the event.

“I was not sure how the audience was going to be, being that we usually do this on Christmas Eve,” said Stephen Seals, interpretive program development manager at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “But I was actually very happy to see it was just as large as it was before.”

The Market Square tree lighting was coupled with a reading of the Clement Moore poem “The Night Before Christmas,” by Seals, group Christmas carol singing and a visit from Father Christmas on a horse-drawn carriage.

Like many, Tom Allinder came out with his family to see the tree.

“I had a great time, it’s beautiful out here," Allinder said.

Others came from further away to see the tree, including Angela Weant of Geensboro, N.C.

“This was really neat. I’ve never seen this before,” Weant said.

Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at aheymann@dailypress.com, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.

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