I know, I know. It's not even Halloween yet. I shouldn't even be broaching the subject of Christmas this early. But you've gotta plan ahead. We already have Halloween in the bag, and Thanksgiving is easy. Making sure Christmas happens sans hitch is the key.

Illuminated Christmas trees standing by water

And that's why The District has launched the "Santa Needs a Light" campaign. Big smoker, that Santa. Wait, that can't be right *checks press release* Sorry. My bad. I misread it. That should read "Santa Needs Lights." Plural. As in Christmas lights. They're looking to light up Washington Park and make it a fun holiday destination, and beautiful display for visitors to the town as the first thing they see when they come off the bridge. The District is calling on both individuals and businesses to help put on an amazing holiday spectacle for the entire community to enjoy.

Blessing Health System has already started the ball rolling on a simple, elegant display to light up Washington Park, with Lowe's donating a Santa Hut. YEP! Santa, the Jolly Old Elf himself (that was an unfortunate rhyme), will be making appearances throughout the season, from the Light The District kick off shindig on November 24th right up until the big day.

Speaking of the November 24th kick-off shindig for Light the Park, you don't want to miss it, starting at 6pm. Buddy the Elf from Quincy Community Theatre's upcoming production of Elf: The Musical will be on hand to introduce Santa (I hear they know each other), who will in turn be the one to light the park. Both Santa and Buddy the Elf will be on hand for pictures throughout the night, and you can enjoy some delicious hot cocoa.and cookies while seeing the park get lit. I wasn't trying to be hip with lingo right there, the lights will literally get lit.

Businesses can donate towards additional trees and lighting displays, while individuals can donate time and resources to setting up the lights and displays, volunteering at various events and gatherings, and taking down the lights on January 5th... the 12th day of Christmas, like from the song, aka the Epiphany Eve. Actually I don't know when the lights are coming down, I just assume sometime after the New Year. The Twelfth Night seems like an appropriate time.

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