Lantern Stroll, Community Tree Lighting and the Chamber’s Cookie Making Factory Kicks Off The Holiday Season!
(Bennington, Vermont) -- The Bennington Regional Chamber, the Vermont Veterans’ Home, the Town of Bennington, the Better Bennington Corporation and the new Bennington Area Makers are excited to invite the whole community to “Bennington’s Home for the Holidays Celebration!”
On Wednesday, December 4th the organizations will host the annual lighting of the community tree at the Vermont Veterans’ Home followed by an open house at the Chamber with new editions to the festive day provided by the other organizations.
New this year, the Bennington Area Makers (BAM), in coordination with the Town of Bennington and the Better Bennington Corporation, have been working with local children and families to build lanterns for the event. Starting at 4:30pm, families are to assemble at the BAM space (239 Main Street – former LaFlamme’s building) and gather the lanterns they’ve been working on for weeks and then walk downtown towards the Veterans’ Home for the tree lighting.
At 5:30pm, the tree lighting ceremony will begin on the Veterans’ Home front yard. The tree, with over 2,000 feet of energy efficient lights, has been lit by the Veterans’ Home for the past few years now. Also featured at the community tree lighting ceremony will be the Mount Anthony Union High School choir, hot chocolate, keynote dignitaries, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself! Children are encouraged to help by coming up to the gazebo and assisting Santa in flipping the switch to light the community tree.
After the lighting ceremony, the public is invited to walk along the candlelit path of the Deer Park with a possible visit from St. Nick’s special friends, the reindeer. The lit path will guide the public to an open house at the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce located at 100 Veteran’s Memorial Drive and sponsored by Couch and Cork, a new business member of the chamber. Featured at the Chamber, starting around 6:30pm, will be musical performances, hot drinks, a roaring fire and more!
Hannaford Supermarkets is sponsoring a Cookie Making Factory up in the executive’s office at the Chamber. Children and adults are welcome to take a cookie and decorate it with many of Hannaford’s products like sprinkles, frosting and candies. Free to the public, the hand-made cookies are encouraged to be taken home and enjoyed!
“Nothing says home for the holidays like the lighting of the annual community tree and the events we have planned throughout the evening,” says, Matt Harrington, executive director of the Chamber. “It’s great to see so many families come out, celebrate the magic of the season and for us to partner with our good friends at the Veterans’ Home. It’s even more rewarding this year as we have new partners in the Town, BBC and BAM! We’ve been working to make this an annual tradition in town, and with the help of old and new friends, we’re well on our way!”
Col. Al Faxon, COO and Deputy Administrator at the Veterans’ home had this to add, “The Vermont Veterans’ Home is committed to being a strong community partner. We love to celebrate this time of year and are honored once again to be the host for the community tree this holiday season. We love to see the area organizations get together to create some fun events like the lantern walk and the cookie making factory.”
Join us as we welcome all to experience a “home for the holidays” celebration that’s sure to get everyone in the mood for the season.
For more information on all the regional events for the holidays visit: https://www.bennington.com/home-for-the-holidays