Taunton, Massachusetts. . . Mayor Shauna O’Connell today called on residents of the City of Taunton to join in the upcoming Christmas festivities, including the annual Festival of Lights and Christmas Carnival.
“It’s exciting to see the decorations go up as Christmas Town begins to prepare for the holiday season. There is no more joyful time of the year than Christmas when we focus on family, faith and enduring traditions,” said O’Connell.
The City of Taunton’s 109th Green Light Festival takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2022, followed by a Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2022. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.”
Colin Simmons, Executive Director of the Downtown Taunton Foundation, works closely with the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation to prepare the downtown area for this popular event that attracts thousands of people to Taunton each year. “Downtown merchants and organizations are excited to welcome families to this time-honored tradition. Downtown has a lot to offer year-round, but is especially special during the holiday season,” said Simmons.
Lights On Festival: The Lights On Festival will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Taunton on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The official party begins at 4:30 p.m. with Green and Santa lighting.
Lights on buttons: Buttons to turn on the lights are required for indoor activities and some outdoor activities such as riding a train. Each button costs $5 and is not required for children 12 and under. The buttons are currently available for sale at the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, Taunton Public Library, Trucchi (both locations), Studio 27 Flowers, Tux Towne, and Taunton Federal Credit Union. In addition, the buttons will be for sale at various locations during the festival as well.
Lights on Ornaments: As in previous years, Lights on Ornaments are offered for sale. The ornaments cost $15 and can be purchased at the Mayor’s office at City Hall, Parks & Recreation (170 Harris St.), and the Taunton Federal Credit Union.
Christmas Parade and Draw Baskets: The Christmas Parade will begin at noon on Sunday, December 4, 2022 on Broadway and will follow Broadway to downtown Taunton. The parade will conclude near Marian Manor on Summer Street. In support of the Christmas Walk, the 7th Annual Raffle Cart Raffle runs through December 6, 2022. Raffle baskets are currently on display and tickets are on sale on the second floor (front entrance) of City Hall at 15 Summer Street. Everyone is welcome to stop by and view the creative baskets made and donated by City of Taunton employees. The odds are 10 tickets / $10 or 24 tickets / $20. Winners will be drawn prior to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th.
Gingerbread House Decorating Contest: The Mayor’s Office is hosting the 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest that begins Monday, December 5, 2022 and ends Monday, December 19, 2022. Photos of decorated gingerbread houses (no professional entries) can be submitted at [email protected] . Photo entries will be shared on the City of Taunton Facebook page. City Hall staff will vote for the best gingerbread house (adult and children category) and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.
Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest: Downtown businesses will participate in the annual Downtown Taunton Holiday Window Decorating Contest starting November 30, 2022. Residents can vote online for their favorite decorated windows on the Downtown Taunton Foundation’s Facebook page. Winners will be announced on December 3, 2022.
Each year, local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and city employees work together to make Christmas a special time for city residents. Mayor O’Connell expresses gratitude to all of the sponsors and volunteers who have generously donated time and money to support the city’s holiday events. “Christmas brings out the best in all of us. Showing generosity and giving during the festive season is really uplifting,” O’Connell said.