Christmas cheer comes to Cambridge

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff From left, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley announces the 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting as emcee Troy Hill and Santa Claus celebrate Saturday at the bandstand at Spring Valley outside the Dorchester County Courthouse.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
From left, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley announces the 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting as emcee Troy Hill and Santa Claus celebrate Saturday at the bandstand at Spring Valley outside the Dorchester County Courthouse.

CAMBRIDGE — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cambridge.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff Isabel Markin, a kindergartner at South Dorchester K-8 School, reads her Christmas wish list to Santa during the Saturday 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
Isabel Markin, a kindergartner at South Dorchester K-8 School, reads her Christmas wish list to Santa during the Saturday 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting.

Downtown stores are decorated for the holiday. The bushel basket tree is up and ready for it’s lighting this coming Saturday during the Cambridge Christmas Parade. Stores were busy on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this past weekend.

The 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting was held Saturday evening at the Spring Valley bandstand outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. Just down the street, the Christmas Train Garden opened for the evening at the old Rescue Fire Company building.

Before the tree-lighting ceremony, Dorchester Clerk of the Circuit Court Amy Craig gave glow sticks to the many children who attended. Volunteers handed out cookies and hot cider while a jubilant crowd waited for a performance from the North Dorchester High School Band and cheerleaders, the tree lighting, and an appearance from Santa.

Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley made opening remarks at the tree lighting.

“On behalf of the entire City Council of Cambridge, I want to welcome you all to our fourth Christmas tree lighting,” Mayor Jackson-Stanley said before thanking the tree lighting committee for its hard work. “Those ladies and gentlemen have done an outstanding job.”

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers spoke briefly before the North Dorchester High School band and cheerleaders performed Saturday at the 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers spoke briefly before the North Dorchester High School band and cheerleaders performed Saturday at the 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting.

Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers said he hoped many of the people who attended the ceremony make the tree lighting an ongoing family tradition.

“This has become an awesome tradition,” Mr. Travers said. “I bring you greetings from the entire County Council and we wish you a great holiday. … Speaking of traditions, remember one thing: traditions and memories last, presidents don’t. So find yourself a holiday tradition where you can be with your kids, be with your family. I’m sure you’ve got a memory or a tradition that you do now similar to this tree lighting and I would ask you to continue it.”
Mr. Travers said one of his traditions is to help set up the RFC Christmas Train Garden. The train garden will open again this coming weekend for the holidays.

After the NDHS band played Christmas music, Santa Claus appeared from the courthouse and dashed down the stairs to the Christmas tree. He met the mayor there for the tree lighting countdown as children cheered and waited anxiously to share their Christmas wishes with him.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff Following the 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting, many people made their way just a couple blocks down the road to the Rescue Fire Company Train Garden. The train garden opens again this weekend for the holidays.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
Following the 4th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting, many people made their way just a couple blocks down the road to the Rescue Fire Company Train Garden. The train garden opens again this weekend for the holidays.

After the crowd cheered the tree lighting, children lined up to see Santa. From there, many families and others in attendance made the short walk down the road to the train garden.

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