The Tree Lighting and the Holiday Wander are among the holiday events that will brighten the central business district in coming weeks thanks to Roslindale Village Main Street.
On Sat., Nov. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m., hundreds will gather for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Adams Park, Roslindale’s village green at the corner of Washington Street and Cummins Highway. This much-loved event always draws a crowd to enjoy the performances, crafts, holiday treats and Santa’s arrival in a Ladder 16 fire truck. Free hot chocolate, treats from local bakeries, and of course, visits with Santa and the Sugar Plum Fairy fill out this annual community tradition.
This year’s Tree Lighting will also highlight Small Business Saturday, a national campaign by American Express and the National Trust Main Street Center to help spur business for neighborhood merchants nationwide. Falling between the infamous “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” Small Business Saturday is being hailed as a day to shop locally and support neighborhood merchants. In Roslindale, Nov. 26 will kick off a month-long series of events to encourage business in the district.
Saturday’s Tree Lighting will also launch the district’s Annual Roslindale Village Holiday Wander, a weekly Thursday evening holiday stroll featuring festivities and extended shopping hours at more than 25 local shops and restaurants. Live music and weekly retail events—from cooking demos and tastings to craft and game nights—are intended to attract customers to Roslindale Village by offering a lively, enriching shopping experience. The Holiday Wander highlights the amount of unique businesses there are here. An event like this offers a chance to explore them all, and a way more enjoyable experience than any cookie-cutter mall can offer.
The Holiday Wander will take place on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 pm, beginning Dec. 1. More information about Small Business Saturday and the Holiday Wander can be found at www.roslindale.net/holidays.
From press materials.