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PHOTOS: Concord kicks off holiday season with Christmas Tree lighting

  • The Concord Christmas Tree Lighting celebration took place at City Plaza in downtown Concord on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • The Concord Christmas Tree Lighting celebration took place at City Plaza in downtown Concord on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Baylee Bosco, 6, of Loudon gets a good look at Santa as he arrives on a Concord Fire Department ladder truck during the Concord Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at City Plaza in downtown Concord on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • The Concord Christmas Tree Lighting celebration took place at City Plaza in downtown Concord on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • The Concord Christmas Tree Lighting celebration took place at City Plaza in downtown Concord on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Five-year-old Grace Jelley of Canterbury pets a goat at the petting zoo during the Concord Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at City Plaza in downtown Concord on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz



Monitor staff
Friday, November 24, 2017

According to many, the Christmas season officially begins as soon as Thanksgiving ends, and Concord celebrated – as long-held tradition dictates – with a Christmas Tree Lighting at City Plaza on Friday evening.

Festivities included horse-drawn wagon rides, live music by the Brian Waldron Band, a petting zoo, refreshments, a visit from Santa and, of course, the tree lighting with a brief fireworks display afterward.

The 31st annual event, organized by the Concord Grange, is offered free of charge but relies heavily on donations.