A year after COVID-19 canceled the town’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Festivities, hundreds gathered on the lawn outside Saugus Town Hall last Friday (Dec. 3) to enjoy a return of the popular event.
(Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)
BABY’S FIRST TREE LIGHTING: Eight-month-old Kelsey Vona of Saugus gets to sample a Saugus style Christmas. She is the daughter of Mike and Katie Vona.
LIGHTING UP TOWN HALL: Holiday lights brighten up Saugus’s house of town government.
A PETTING ZOO STAR: Joleen Jurczyk, of Animal Craze of Winchendon, Mass., holds Matilda, the three-month-old Silkie bantam chicken.
SITTING WITH SANTA: Brynn Clifford, 5, daughter of Ryan and Carly Clifford of Saugus, outside the Saugus Public Library with Santa Claus.
IS THIS MRS. CLAUS? Saugus Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Debra Panetta is dressed like she’s Santa’s wife.
A NIGHT FOR CHILDREN: Nicole Finn with her daughter Clementine, 2½.
A FUN TIME: Isabella Suon, 5, daughter of Bee Suon, of Revere, gets a moment with Santa outside the Saugus Public Library.
DAD’S NIGHT OUT: Mike Vona holds his three-year-old daughter, Kennedy, while minding his other daughter, 8-month-old Kelsey. Not in the photo is his wife, Katie.
A FAMILY EVENT: Dana and Tara Marshall, with their 2½-year-old daughter Dakota.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL: Santa Claus addresses the people who gathered for his arrival at Saugus Town Hall.
MY NEW FRIEND: Matilda, the Silkie bantam chicken, took a liking to Layla DeVincent, 7, of Saugus, at the Petting Zoo outside of Town Hall. Layla is the daughter of Steven and Erika DeVincent.
HE’S HERE! A crowd surrounds Santa Claus as he is escorted up the sidewalk to the steps of Saugus Town Hall.
KEY PLANNERS: Pictured from left to right, Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Youth & Recreation Department Interim Director Crystal Cakounes relax during the town’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Festivities, which they helped to organize this year.
RED-NOSED LIKE RUDOLPH THE REINDEER: Dakota Marshall, 2 ½, of Saugus, got her face painted in the holiday spirit.
GETTING A FACE PAINTING: Makeisha Jane, an 8th grader at the Saugus Middle-High School, lets fellow freshman Christopher Perla paint her face.
MOM AND DAUGHTER NIGHT OUT: Saugus Selectman Debra Panetta enjoys the tree lighting and festivities with daughter Sabrina.
BAA, MERRY CHRISTMAS: town official Jeannie Meredith gave Jelly, the dwarf Nigerian goat, a hug while volunteering to help out last Friday night at the Petting Zoo.
POLITICIANS WELCOME: State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus), State Rep. Jessica Giannino (D-Revere) and Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano wait outside Saugus Town Hall for the start of the town’s annual tree lighting.
BACK AGAIN: Enjoying a pleasant night for the tree lighting after COVID-19 canceled it last year, pictured from left to right, are State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus), Selectman Corinne Riley and her husband, Town Meeting Member Christopher Riley.