Saturday Roslindale Tree Lighting kicks off season-long holiday events

Roslindale Tree Lighting held 11/24, 3 p.m. kicks off a series of holiday events including: Small Business Saturday, Thursday-evenings Holiday Wander, train show, Window Decorating Contest.

The annual Roslindale Tree Lighting held this Saturday, November 24, kicks off a series of neighborhood events designed to bring holiday entertainment, decorations, cheer, and support to neighborhood businesses. 

This year’s holiday schedule includes: Small Business Saturday, Thursday-evening Holiday Wander events, a model train show, and a chance to vote for your favorite window display.

The Roslindale Tree Lighting Ceremony happens this Saturday, 3-5 p.m., in Adams Park, at the corner of Washington St. and Cummins Highway, and is highlighted by Santa’s arrival on a kid-favorite fire engine.  Event includes caroling, appearances by the “Urban Nutcracker” cast from the Tony Williams Dance Center, hot chocolate and holiday treats.

Falling between the infamous “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” Small Business Saturday is the same day as the tree lighting.  Small Business Saturday is a national campaign by American Express and the National Trust Main Street Center to help spur business for neighborhood merchants nationwide and is hailed as a day to shop locally and support neighborhood merchants. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki are expected to attend the tree lighting.

These happenings kick off a month-long series of Roslindale events to encourage business in the district. 

The district’s Annual Roslindale Village Holiday Wander, a weekly Thursday evening holiday stroll from 5-9 pm, beginning on November 29, 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.  Shopper can find up-to-the minute details and offers information at www.roslindale.net/holidays/.

The events are sponsored by Roslindale Village Main Street, a community-driven nonprofit organization that seeks to promote Roslindale Village as an appealing destination, who is also selling annual memberships & Roslindale-themed gifts at the first night of the Holiday Stroll this year from its office.

If you love the excitement of TV voting shows, you can take part in a low-tech local version with this year’s holiday Window Decorating Contest. Vote for your favorite display during the Holiday Wander on November 29. Ballots are available at the Roslindale Village Main Street office, 2A Corinth Street, Roslindale.

Then, on December 2, Santa comes to Roslindale again at Bay State Model Railroad Museum, 760 South Street, for the Roslindale club’s annual Holiday Open House model train show.  A kid-favorite, Santa arrives at 12 noon, but kids and their families can view a unique collection of model trains that include a 1940s Roslindale Village layout from 11 am-3 pm. Price: $5 for adults, free for children. Info: www.bsmrm.org.

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