Orange County Parks Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony December 1 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County Parks Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony December 1

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: In Your Town

Orange County Parks Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Unveiling of “Holiday Lights in Bloom” to be Held December 1

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Commissioner Richard L. Rose of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation are pleased to announce that the “Holiday Lights in Bloom” display will kick off in conjunction with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at the Orange County Arboretum located within Thomas Bull Memorial Park.

Orange County Lights in Bloom

The Holiday Lights in Bloom display will also be illuminated on December 1. Free and open to the public, the display features hundreds of lights that create a winter wonderland throughout the arboretum grounds.

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a free holiday event that will feature live music, yuletide treats and refreshments, and fun for the whole family. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck to greet children, listen to their “wish lists”, and pose for photos. The highlight of the evening will be when Santa throws the switch to light up the 20 foot tree and the tens of thousands of holiday lights that will illuminate the Arboretum.

Despite the winter chill, the Arboretum will be “blooming” with beautiful, garden-themed light features in the forms of flowers, animals, and insects. Children, and adults alike, will be charmed as they stroll through the Arboretum paths under trees lit with twinkling lights and delight in identifying the many different flowers and critters that light up the gardens. This year, in observance of the tenth anniversary, the lights will expand into the 9/11 Memorial Garden which will be decorated in patriotic colors and feature a large light display of Old Glory.

OC Annual Tree Lighting

Orange County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Chair George Wontz, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana, and Parks Commissioner Richard Rose join Mrs. Claus and Santa at the County’s annual tree lighting ceremony at the Orange County arboretum. This year’s tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. on December 1.

The “Holiday Lights in Bloom” program is free and open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. from December 1 though December 24 and then daily from 5 to 8 p.m. December 26 through January 1 (closed Christmas Day). Volunteers from The Friends of the Orange County Arboretum will be on hand in the Ottaway Education center to serve visitors free hot cocoa, sell handmade holiday crafts, and answer questions about the Arboretum. Be sure to make visiting this “ever growing” event part of your family’s holiday traditions.

For more information, please contact Tamara Moson at 615-3828,  Tom Quinlisk at 457-4910,  or visit


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