Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Also, Beacon bicycle menorah lit starting Dec. 12

The annual holiday tree lighting in Cold Spring is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the riverfront bandstand. There will be music and a visit from Santa Claus.

The sixth annual Winter Hill tree lighting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 20 Nazareth Way in Garrison, just east of Route 9D off Snake Hill Road. There will be food and drinks as well as Christmas carols sung by the Walter Hoving Choir.

Children examine the Bicycle Tree in Beacon (file photo)

The Bicycle Christmas Tree Lighting at Beacon’s Polhill Park at Main Street and Route 9D will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9. The activities begin at 3:30 p.m. with a children’s craft; at 4:30 p.m., the Beacon High School Choir will lead caroling; and at 4:50 p.m. Santa will arrive. The tree will be lit at 5 p.m. and Santa will greet families until 6 p.m. Parking is avail  able at City Hall across the street. Bring a mug for hot cider or chocolate. As part of Second Saturday, galleries and shops will be open until 9 p.m.

Sculptor Ed Benavente, who created the bicycle tree (which has doubled in size since it first appeared in 2011), also creates a Bicycle Menorah that will be lit from Tuesday, Dec. 12, to Dec. 19 at the Beacon Building at 427 Main St. at 5:30 each evening, with the exception of Dec. 15, when it will be lit at 4:45 p.m. Each evening will honor a different part of the community, including (in order) volunteers, educators, first responders, children, business owners, clergy, activists, and artists and musicians.

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