Reading & North Reading Annual Holiday Tree Lightings A Great Success
The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 27th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival in Reading and the 13thAnnual Holiday Tree Lighting in North Reading on Sunday, November 25, 2018. This year’s family-friendly entertainment included photos with Santa, tractor, trolley and horse-drawn hay rides, strolling characters, bounce houses, Jenny the Juggler, a direct feed of the Patriot’s Game, ice sculpture demonstrations, digital photo booths, pony rides and great local food.
Performances by the RMHS Band and Color Guard, Austin Prep Chorus, North Reading High School Band, other local dance and karate studios and the Colonial Chorus in Reading entertained the crowds. Both festivals culminated at dusk when Santa and his elves magically lit the lights in both towns simultaneously for the holiday season.
Thank you to our sponsors and organizers!
Also thank you to our small committee of Chamber volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring this year’s events to fruition:
- Reading: Robin Krane (chair), Michael Giacalone, Lynn Landes, Bill McElhiney, Leslie McGonagle, John Means, Joyce Mulvaney
- North Reading: Lisa Egan (chair), Jackie Carpenito, Francine Coughlin, Josh Harrington, Lynn Landes, Lina Pappalardo, Kara Skilton, Brian Shue
Presenting Sponsors were Austin Preparatory School and Northern Bank & Trust. Gold Sponsors were Reading Cooperative Bank, Doyon’s TV & Appliance, RCTV, Middlesex Animal Hospital and TD Bank. Jenny the Juggler was sponsored by Classified Real Estate. New this year, Pamko Construction sponsored the digital photo booth. The Patriots Game sponsors were Biltmore & Main, DeMoura Smith, LLC and Reading Gymnastics Academy. The Bounce House was sponsored by Mark Tango Plumbing and The Maids. The Live ice sculpture sponsors were Michael Giacalone, CPA, Burbank Ice Arena, Eastern Bank, Lumen Wealth Management, Tin Bucket and Keating Law Office. Trolley and Hayride sponsors were O’Sullivan Architects, Elle Salon, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Lahey Health, State Representative Brad Jones, Sartell Electrical Services, Inc., Reading Rotary, Reading Orthodontics, Artis Senior Living, Wingate at Reading, Latham Law Office, PDA Dental Group, Douglass Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home, Premier Realty Group, Inc., The Goddard School and Salem Five Bank. Police Safety Detail Sponsors were Means Business for Computers and LaPierre School of Dance.
Other supporting sponsors include The Art Studio, Flush Services, and Carli Fence.
North Reading Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor were The Savings Bank, Reading Cooperative Bank and Service Pumping & Drain Co., Inc. The pony rides were sponsored by Classified Real Estate. New this year, the digital photo booth was sponsored by Royal Meadow View. Ice Sculpture Sponsors were Starlight Carwash and PDA Dental Group. The Patriot Game sponsors were Sweepnman and Cota Funeral Home. Bounce house sponsors were The Maids, J.H. Insurance Group and Service Pumping & Drain Co., Inc. Our DJ was Paul DiPanfilo’s Professional DJ Entertainment. Event banner sponsors included MelroseWakefield Healthcare, State Representative Brad Jones, The Horseshoe Grille, Lahey Health, Reading Orthodontics, North Reading Veterinary Clinic, Bark N Roll, North Reading School of Ballet, Axle Color Studio, Winter Hill Bank and Linnane Insurance.