The town of Greece recently held its annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony and family Christmas party at Town Hall.
The tree-lighting ceremony took place under the Pavilion. Hundreds of residents young and old gathered for the event to watch as the festively decorated tree lighted the night sky in an array of colors.
Guests included the University of Rochester Yellowjackets, an a cappella group that was featured on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” After the show, Supervisor Bill Reilich took the stage with councilmembers Mike Barry, Diana Christodaro, Josh Jensen and Bill Murphy; Andrew Conlon, receiver of taxes; judges Barry, Campbell and Granville; and state Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th District.
A silence fell over the crowd when Reilich announced Santa Claus’ arrival. All heads turned to watch as Santa made his way to his chair on the stage. As the time for the tree-lighting ceremony approached, Reilich encouraged the crowd to join him in counting down the seconds. Children then gathered for a chance to visit Santa and receive a candy-filled Christmas ornament.
After the ceremony, residents gathered in the Community Center for the Christmas party. Activities included face painting, an inflatable snow globe, games, Rockin’ Rick DJ, crafts, free coffee from Starbucks, cotton candy and hot chocolate. Staff from Greece Public Library distributed 500 free books to children throughout the event. Those willing to brave the cold weather enjoyed an outdoor marshmallow roasting station.
“Despite the chilly weather, this is such a festive time of year,” Reilich said. “I would like to thank the staff at the Community Center and all others who had a role in organizing the increasingly popular holiday tree-lighting ceremony and family Christmas party. It makes me happy to see so many residents brave the winter weather to come out and enjoy a time of fun, community and fellowship.”