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PHOTOS: Santa Claus welcomed at Concord’s Christmas tree lighting

  • Santa Claus waves to the crowd near the State House Plaza as he arrives in the bucket of the Concord Fire Department's Tower 1 during the Christmas Tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 29, 2013. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Santa Claus waves to the crowd near the State House Plaza as he arrives in the bucket of the Concord Fire Department's Tower 1 during the Christmas Tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 29, 2013. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Santa steps up into Tower 1 with Tom Freire as Brad Newbery watches at Central Fire Station before they headed to State House Plaza. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River during the Christmas tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Santa steps up into Tower 1 with Tom Freire as Brad Newbery watches at Central Fire Station before they headed to State House Plaza. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River during the Christmas tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 29, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Fireworks go off behind a Christmas tree in Eagle Square that was lit for members of the armed forces who won’t be home for Christmas during the Christmas tree lighting celebration in Concord on Friday, November 29, 2013. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Fireworks go off behind a Christmas tree in Eagle Square that was lit for members of the armed forces who won’t be home for Christmas during the Christmas tree lighting celebration in Concord on Friday, November 29, 2013. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Santa Claus waves to the crowd near the State House Plaza as he arrives in the bucket of the Concord Fire Department's Tower 1 during the Christmas Tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 29, 2013. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Santa steps up into Tower 1 with Tom Freire as Brad Newbery watches at Central Fire Station before they headed to State House Plaza. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River during the Christmas tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Fireworks go off behind a Christmas tree in Eagle Square that was lit for members of the armed forces who won’t be home for Christmas during the Christmas tree lighting celebration in Concord on Friday, November 29, 2013. Spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 lights lit up the Douglas Fir towering near the State House, then much of the crowd hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

Santa Claus received a warm welcome on a cold evening as a dense crowd at the State House Plaza celebrated the 27th annual Christmas tree lighting in Concord. Treated to hot cider and live holiday music, spectators counted down the seconds until about 900 bulbs lit up the large Douglas fir. Many then hustled across North Main Street to watch a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.

Legacy Comments6

The annual Christmas Tree lighting and fireworks are so much fun. However, the event was spoiled by constant harassment by panhandlers who were almost to the point of assaulting folks. How long does this community need to put up with these individuals who are not poor. This is their tax free job. The City wants a Main Street that is family friendly and planning all kinds of future ideas. Better get rid of the panhandlers and other loiterers!! This is my last Christmas Tree Lighting. Main Street is becoming an undesirable place to be. Sad, because they have nice shops. Midnight Merriment next week. Forget it! 1

Sorry Collie but who exactly are you referring to as panhandlers - the local politicians always asking for more money for their pet projects, the citizens of Concord that are always looking for everyone else to pay for their projects (grants), the local business owners that want a new main street but are asking everyone else to pay for it or the river side sleepers. I just wasn't sure which panhandlers you were referring to.

Well you got that one correct. Seems as if you are both right.

Take that usual suspects - so much for your "war on christmas." There's ole Saint Nick - patron saint of corporate capitalism run amok and conspiciuous, consumptive, consumerism. And he's right next to "Oh tannanbaum" - symbol of the pagan roots of your favorite "Christian" holiday. The irony is, if you guys would actually accept the truth about the origins of your favorite holiday instead of being in denial about it - you would want to outlaw it! LOL! HAPPY H-O-L-I-D-A-Y-S!!!

WOW! Let's sting that one together. Corporate capitalism, conspiciuous, consumptive, consumerism, Christian, Christmas, conservative....lots of "c's" there. Yep, let's destroy those iconic and often "fun" historical stories like Thanksgiving, Christmas, George Washington and the cherry tree, Lincoln's childhood and let's replace them with great stories about Paganism, Jefferson owned slave, the founders were all old white men and others and make them our heroes. Progressives are always trying to ruin the fun of life in general all because some people don't like the way our society has been built and founded. A piece of coal in your stocking, may it appear this year and always.

You completely missed my point. But you also made it.

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