The fun kicks off in Historic Yorktown on Friday, November 30, with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Riverwalk Landing. Evening festivities begin at the Yorktown Victory Monument at 6:30 pm with the Mt. Vernon Elementary School Mustang Chorus and Fifes & Drums of York Town, followed by the TRADOC Brass Band down at the waterfront. At 7:30, the procession from the Monument will head down historic Main Street to Ballard Street, and down to the waterfront where the official ceremony will take place. After the lighting of the tree, Santa will be available to take wish list requests from children in attendance.
This Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting dates back to 1945 when the pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church, with the help of the County Clerk’s office, decorated a cedar tree that stood at the corner of Main and Ballard Streets. The York County Historical Committee who sponsors this ceremony has worked hard to keep this ritual going ever since.
For more information, call 757-890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org.