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Susan Fletcher, assistant director of planning for the town of Danvers, can not recall when exactly the tradition of lighting the Danvers Christmas Tree began, but it was about 12 years ago that businesses and merchants in town began getting involved and turning it into a big event.
This year's tree lighting, which will take place this Saturday, is one of two major holiday events in Danvers aimed at spreading holiday cheer throughout community.
The event takes place from 2 - 5 p.m. in Danvers Square, where Santa will arrive on a fire truck (his sleigh is in the shop) to light the tree. Merchants throughout the downtown area will be providing various forms of entertainment and/or treats for children, music will be provided for the full three hours by a DJ set up near the tree, and children can have their pictures taken with Santa.
One week later, on December 8, Santa will make another appearance in Danvers, this time arriving by boat for Santa by Sea at Pope's Landing.
Children can have their pictures taken with Santa, and also partake in pony and train rides, face painting and other various games and activities. Now in its fifth year, the free and open event is made possible by donations from businesses and private citizens within the community.
Pope's Landing is at the corner of Liberty Street and Harbor Street in South Danvers. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a little earlier than in years past to avoid the chill when the sun goes down.
For more information on either event, contact Danvers Town Hall at 978-777-0001.
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