FAIRFIELD — Hundreds gathered on Friday on the Town Hall Green to celebrate the holidays with the lighting of the 90-foot tall Norway spruce Christmas Tree.
Before the tree lighting, Fairfield Woods, Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson Middle School Chamber Choirs began the night with performances, and were followed by the Fairfield Warde Choral Group and the Downtown Theatre Company.
The spruce -- which is the tallest living tree still lit in Connecticut and was a gift from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1918 -- was lit at 7 p.m. First Selectman Mike Tetreau introduced Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and Santa’s elves, who rode in atop a Fairfield fire truck.
Next door, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Christmas movies — like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — were being shown for children.
The theme of this year’s tree lighting was “35 Years of Giving.” The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival Board received the “Nominate Someone Great Contest,” for its 35 years of work making the tree lighting possible, and for the more than $4 million it has raised in that time for local charities.