With weather hoovering around 41 degrees and dry, Trenton’s time-honored Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held today at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall (319 East State Street).

Mayor Reed Gusciora will officiate with brief remarks, and there will be a festive musical performance by the Trenton Central High School Marching Band. Mayor Gusciora recently reflected on the occasion saying: “the holidays can be a tough for some Trentonians, and now more than ever we need to continue proving our sense of community within our city. Our home is nothing without our neighbors. We need to come together during the holiday season and remember that even with our differences, we share a common goal of bettering Trenton.”

Trenton Central High School drummers

Ooohing and aaahing over Christmas lights is as American as apple pie, and the Garden State offers several sites to take in multi-megawatt displays, endlessly featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, candy canes, etc.

In a world where tree lighting ceremonies happen everywhere every year, there’s something particularly special about Trenton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. In addition to plugging in sparkling lights on the tree, there will be a Lighting of the Hanukiah, the Menora for this time of year.

A silver-blue theme of a few years ago

Here are two recent Trenton Christmas Trees that have a wonderful sense of place and community.

The music promises to be wonderful too.

Mayor Gusciora with a traditional design in 2018

So join the crowd in kicking off the Holiday Season in Trenton on the steps of City Hall at 5:30 p.m. today.