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Kick-Off the Holidays at Tree Lighting

By Michele Taranto
It’s a perfect long weekend. It launches Thursday with a lavish Thanksgiving meal, followed a Friday of bargain hunting, holiday decorating, or relaxing with leftovers. Maybe take part in Small Business Saturday and patronize some local stores and lunch at a local favorite small restaurant. What could possibly top that? How about closing out the weekend with a community kick-off of the holiday season on Sunday, Nov. 27 with the Norwood Tree Lighting Celebration!
Norwood hosts a festive afternoon free from the bustle of the crowds that has become a favored holiday tradition. The fun-filled (and FREE) family event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27, 1:30-4 p.m., on the Town Common and the Norwood Civic Center. The celebration includes a reindeer dash, horse-drawn hayrides, festive entertainment, holiday readings, face painting, ornament decorating,  barnyard animals, a parade, and music. The afternoon concludes when Santa and Mrs. Clause make their dramatic entrance and light up the Norwood Town Common!
The Reindeer Dash returns as children race around the Town Common and receive a set of antlers for participating. Face painting and holiday crafts will be offered on the common and barnyard animals will wait eagerly for visitors at the Civic Center. Horse-drawn hayrides will be also be available on the Town Common as  local choirs ring in the season. The afternoon concludes with holiday readings, and a parade where Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive and light up the Norwood Town Common for the holiday lighting.
Plan that holiday shopping and decorating around the Holiday Tree Lighting for a community celebration the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come!

Sunday, November 27
1:30-2 p.m.
Reindeer Dash
Town Common

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Face Painting
Ornament Decorating
Town Common

2-3:30 p.m.
Horse Drawn Hayrides
Town Common
Barnyard Animals
Civic Center Gym, Nahatan St.

2-3 p.m.
Local musical choirs
Walter J. Dempsey Bandstand

3 p.m.
A reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Walter J. Dempsey Bandstand
By Linda Rau

3:20 p.m.
Reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Walter J. Dempsey Bandstand
By Selectwoman Helen Abdallah Donohue

3:35 p.m.
Parade leaving Guild Square to the Town Common
3:45 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus turn on the Norwood’s Holiday Tree Lights
Town Common

This schedule is subject to change, depending on weather. 

Norwood residents would agree that no town unites like Norwood, and this year’s holiday celebration is a great opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors and kick off the holiday season!