December 15, 2017,  Everett

Community gathers in Everett Square for Annual Tree Lighting

Mayor Carlo DeMaria, his wife, Stacy, and their children, Caroline, Alexandra, and Carlo III are shown with Mrs. Claus at the city’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Everett Square Saturday. See more photos inside on pages __. (Advocate photo by Ross Scabin)

Mayor and family officially start holiday season

Mayor Carlo DeMaria, along with the Everett Chamber of Commerce, welcomed hundreds of Everett residents and community members to a true Winter Wonderland at the City’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Downtown Open House this past Saturday night. Even with a snow emergency, hundreds of residents packed Everett Square to celebrate the holiday season.

The evening began with Santa Claus arriving on an Everett Fire Truck. Residents were then entertained with traditional Christmas carols by local area groups, including the Girl Scouts, Everett High School’s PopVox Choir, Rebecca Zamas, On Pointe Dance Academy and Joni Star Dancers – as well as holiday performances by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Mayor DeMaria, along with the First Lady, Stacy DeMaria, and their children Carlo, Caroline and Alexandra, officially started Everett’s holiday season by lighting Everett Square’s Christmas tree. Mayor DeMaria extended a special thanks to the Grasso Family of Newton Street in Everett for donating this year’s tree, which is donned with over 2,000 twinkling lights and decorations. It illuminates Everett Square as a beacon of holiday spirit.

Attendees also enjoyed a Santa’s Village area that included sleigh rides on a real horse and carriage through the square, making their own Christmas decorations, a balloon twister and freshly popped popcorn courtesy of Mayor DeMaria. New this year: a train ride down Norwood Street – also known as the Norwood Express – and fire pits, carolers, characters from the movie “Frozen,” a live toy soldier, and a live ice sculpture performance.

This year photos with Santa were taken during the tree lighting event and were set in front of the Parlin Library. The scene was transformed into a Christmas winter theme and was free of charge.

“Everett is such a strong community filled with compassionate and caring people, and it really shows during the holiday season,” stated Mayor DeMaria. “Every year City officials, businesses and residents alike join together to celebrate Everett’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. I would like to once again extend the City’s appreciation to the Grasso Family for donating such a beautiful tree, the Everett Chamber of Commerce and City employees for organizing a great event.”

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