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City Park will be lit up Friday night

Christmas tree, holiday decorations to be illuminated

Christmas tree, holiday decorations to be illuminated

November 29, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Santa and a variety of entertainers will help visitors get in the holiday mood this Friday as the City of Hagerstown lights the City Park Christmas tree and decorations.

The lighting, at 7 p.m. around the park's lower lake, will be followed by receptions at the Hager House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Mansion House Art Gallery, all at City Park.

Each reception will offer refreshments and entertainment.

The Hager House and its grounds will host a petting zoo, and Girl Scout Troop 256 will sing Christmas carols, said John Bryan, historic sites facilitator for the city.

The historic home of Hagerstown's founder, Jonathan Hager, will have an open house, so people can walk through and see how the house is decorated in traditional German style, Bryan said.

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Santa also will be at the Hager House, giving children an opportunity to drop off their wish lists or share a word with the holiday saint.

Santa's elves Jingles and Jangles will be painting faces at the Mansion House Art Gallery, said Marjorie Tressler, president of the Valley Art Association, which is based at the gallery.

The South High Steppers will dance, and cellist Mia Hoover will play Christmas music, Tressler said.

Pete Lancaster will perform music, including Christmas songs, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The museum also will have a special holiday scavenger hunt that involves finding certain works of art at the museum, said Donna Rastelli, the museum's services coordinator. Rather than close at 5 p.m. Friday, the museum will remain open until the end of the reception.

The park will be lit with 1,500 luminarias, and free hayrides will be available to take visitors from reception site to reception site, organizers said.

This year's park Christmas tree, a 25-foot-tall blue spruce, was donated by Hagerstown-area resident Sara Dickey, said Junior Mason, the city's parks superintendent. The tree will be displayed atop a raft anchored in the lower lake.

Several holiday lighting decorations also will be lit Friday night, said Abigail Elliott, the city's events and programs specialist.




If you go ...

WHAT: Lighting of City Park Christmas tree and decorations

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30

WHERE: The lower lake at Hagerstown's City Park

COST: Free

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