Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Thomas Center on Saturday, Dec. 5


On Saturday, Dec. 5, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center. Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy will be on hand to welcome citizens and call for the giant tree to be lit.

The free program will run from 6-8 p.m., and will feature caroling by the Singers of the Reformation and the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus, as well as holiday music on the hammered dulcimer and autoharp by Jim and Joyce Lillquist of the Gypsy Guerrilla Band. Santa will also be on hand to visit with the children. Light refreshments will be served.

The heart of the celebration is the holiday decorations on the giant tree and around the building, which are annually provided by the Thomas Center Associates.

The carriage rides traditionally provided by the Duck Pond Neighborhood Association during the event will not be available this year due to the lack of a suitable vendor to provide the service.

For more information on the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.