The Billerica Holiday Festival begins its preparations
As Halloween draws to a close and the leaves begin to fall, many people turn to turkeys, pranks, and holiday sales. For the Billerica Holiday Festival committee, in our 23rd season, and our wonderful supporters, now is the time of the year to implement all of our plans to make the holiday season a brilliant and fun community event for all. ages.
We kicked off the festival preparations last Saturday, November 6, when, under a sunny blue sky with a crisp bite in the air, more than 30 volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103, Gaston Electric, and former and current Shawsheen Valley Regional Electricians at the Vocational Technical School unrolled, tested and extended nearly four miles of lights that will soon adorn the commons.
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As with many organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic presented a new set of challenges. All events of the Billerica Holiday Festival are funded by donations. In previous years, most of these donations came from the sale of raffle tickets from our Home for the Holidays display. Due to COVID, we are unable to organize a raffle which has left us at a stalemate. How would we finance tree lighting without these revenues? Canceling the lights was not an option. The holiday season in Billerica means having a bright and festive common place for all to enjoy, whether it’s to get together for tree lighting or to encourage an early morning commute. COVID has taken too many things from us already, and we wouldn’t let it take away the tree lighting as well.
We brainstormed and created the “Light the Common Campaign” by mail and online donations to raise the necessary funds.
Last year we were only able to partially enlighten the common, but this year we set ourselves an ambitious goal of raising $ 25,000 to fully enlighten the common and we are happy to report that we have achieved this goal. . The common will be fully enlightened and will be more beautiful than ever.
Thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible, and thank you to our awesome partners who are subsidizing the cost of labor to hang the lights.
There is a tremendous amount of work going into the planning and execution of tree lighting and we couldn’t do it without Lou Antonellis and our great IBEW partners Local 103, Gaston Electric and Shawsheen Tech.
Join us for the tree lighting on Saturday, December 4 at 4:30 pm The day will include a musical performance and a choir song. The arrival of Santa Claus is expected around 5.15 p.m.
We are also happy to announce that we will be having our free photos with Santa Claus on Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Billerica Council on Aging building located at 25 Concord Road, next to the library.
Billerica Holiday Festival, President Matthew Forti