As the holidays draw nearer, there is a sweetness to the anticipation of all the fun. In just a matter of days, the streetscapes of Downtown will once again be gleaming, with lights and decorations donning every street corner with holiday cheer. With Thanksgiving officially behind us and the holidays now in full gear, signs of the season are popping up all over town. And now, get ready to celebrate because one of Trenton’s most cherished holiday traditions is again about to be underway.

On Friday, December 8th, you and your family are invited to Downtown Trenton for the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The festivities will kick off at 4:30 pm on the steps of Trenton’s City Hall, located at 319 E State St, Trenton, NJ 08608. Guests, young and old, are invited to convene as the community counts down the moments until the city’s tree is officially lit for the first time this season. At the celebration, guests can look forward to refreshments, holiday fanfare, and the sounds of holiday tunes to help get you into the holiday mood. And after the tree is lit, you might want to stick around, as even Santa Claus himself can’t resist a trip to the Capital City to help spread some holiday cheer!

Trenton’s Christmas Tree Lighting has been a beloved tradition for generations, with Trenton’s first tree lighting occurring many moons ago. For decades, Trentonians have been gathering on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the season and come together with community members. Although each of us experiences our milestones, hardships, and moments throughout the year, the holidays are a particular time in which we can set aside our differences and come together as one. As the Capital City begins to prepare for whatever 2024 throws our way, these moments of community and connection continue to give us the momentum to forge ahead towards a brighter future for all confidently.

This event is hosted by the City of Trenton’s Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture. In addition to the city’s festive holiday celebrations, this department is also charged with maintaining our community’s parks, recreation areas, and events that help make our neighborhood a great place to live, work, and play. From year-round athletic leagues for Trentonians of all ages to recreation centers, community pools, and more, there’s no shortage of excitement and fun to be a part of when you’re living in Trenton. For more information about this and other upcoming events/initiatives in the city, please visit their website, linked here: Trenton – Dept. of Rec.

If you have any questions or want to learn more before the tree lighting, please contact the City of Trenton at 609-989-3635 for additional details. There’s no better way to kick off the holidays than at home, so be sure to mark your calendars today!

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