City of New Bedford Parade and Tree Lighting , Sat., 12/9, 5-6 p.m., Downtown New Bedford, Pleasant Street in front of Main Library
• Join Mayor Mitchell for the annual tree-lighting celebration. This year’s emcee will be Armand Marchand, executive producer for New Bedford Festival Theater.
• At 4:30 p.m., a parade will march from the bottom of William Street, near the Whaling Museum, to the library steps for the tree lighting. The parade will feature the New Bedford High School marching band and color guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and surprise guests.
• Remarks at the library by Mayor Mitchell will be followed by a sing-along with New Bedford Festival Theater. The sing-along will feature classic holiday songs and some new hits. Song books will be provided.
• Free hot chocolate will be offered courtesy of Community Services and New Life Church.
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