The sixth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony went off without a hitch on December 1. While there is no official count, the crowd appeared to be one of the largest, if not the largest, in the history of this tradition. Parking around Fire Headquarters and the library was packed, and overflowed to the Shaws parking lot and even the Auburn Mall. Thanks to the Auburn Fire and Police Departments, the DPW, and employees from the Library to Public Health, residents enjoyed a fun and safe time.

Town employees and Auburn High School athletes who serve on the Leadership Team served the guests hot cocoa, coffee, and some delicious goodies prepared by Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. Many folks came early to secure a warm beverage and a prime viewing spot on the cool but comfirtable evening.  and

Reverend Doug Geeze gave the invocation, and Town Manager Julie Jacobson welcomed the crowd. Remarks by Representative Paul Frost, School Committee chair George Scobie, and Selectmen chair Doreen Goodrich followed, along with music by the AHS Marching Band.

Then, the important stuff happened. Santa arrived in the bucket of Tower 1 and made his way through the crowd. He lead the audience in getting the tree lit and then listened to Christmas wishes from the children.

The tree lighting is a great community event, and it is possible because of a great group of town employees as well as Stearns Electric, Inc. which donated their workers to string and power up the lights. See you next year.