FAIRFIELD — In recent years, the Parks and Recreation Department has honored a local resident, choosing them to “flip the switch” and light the town’s Christmas tree.

This year, when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Town Hall Green Friday to celebrate lighting the tallest living Christmas tree in Connecticut, the honors will go to the entire Public Works Department.

“Parks and Rec nominated DPW,” according to Ginna Paules, program coordinator for Parks and Recreation. “They do so much for us.”

Paules said they expect that a whole group of DPW employees will attend to take part in the tree lighting, though Director Joseph Michelangelo won’t be able to attend, and Supt. Scott Bartlett will be, well, let’s just say, otherwise engaged.

The nomination reads: “Who better to light the town’s holiday tree than the men and women of the Public Works Department who, day in and day out, keep our parks, beaches, roads and public space areas clean and safe for the entire town?

Every resident is touched in some way by the large and small efforts of these untiring employees. Whether it’s responding to nature’s emergencies, setting up for our Memorial Day Parade and special events like this one; keeping our town buildings in working order; or maintaining the beautiful plantings around town, they are there for us when we need them and we owe them a debt of gratitude. This is very small honor to thank a great group of own employees.”

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Fairfield Christmas Tree Lighting

Town Hall Green, Old Post Road

Friday, Dec. 2

Music starts at 5:55 p.m.

Tree lit at 7 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive just after 7 p.m.

The tree lighting will be held Dec. 2, and will start just before 6 p.m. with musical performances by the Fairfield Woods, Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson midde school chamber choirs, followed by the Fairfield Warde Choral Group, and then the Downtown Theatre Co. at 6:45 p.m.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau will lead the countdown to the lighting of the 90-foot Norway Spruce, one of three donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1918, at 7 p.m. Once the tree is lit, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck and greet their adoring fans.

There will be free hot chocolate and glow sticks available for children, courtesy of the Town Youth Council.

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