The holiday season is well underway, but in University Park the annual Christmas tree lighting is the official sign that the holidays are here.
The town will light its holiday tree, which is on Henson Green--near the intersection of Sheridan Street, 40th Avenue and Queens Chapel Road--on Saturday, according to the University Park Civic Association.
University Park Elementary School’s concert choir, for the first time, will open the tree lighting with their seasonal songs from a variety of cultures and languages. Mayor John Tabori will light the tree at 7 p.m.
“There were usually around 200 people attending the event, but we’re expecting more this time because of the choir,” said Councilman Len Carey, who volunteers with the University Park Civic Association that is organizing the Saturday’s activities.
Town residents and employees are invited to gather at Riverdale Presbyterian Church starting at 5 p.m. for a potluck dinner, a performance of "Santa's Present" by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, crafts and games for children. Then everyone will walk to Henson Green for the annual holiday tree lighting.
Participants should bring food to share with others for dinner. They are also encouraged to bring gloves, mittens and winter hats to decorate a “mitten tree” which will be donated to a local charity.
The town’s bus will be available to pick up residents for the event and to transport them to and from the potluck dinner and tree lighting. Reservations for this service can be made through Town Hall at 301-927-4262.