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Shelton Greets The Christmas Season With Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Children gather around Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti at Friday night's tree lighting. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Volunteers selling cookies and cider at the tree lighting. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Some of the kids at Friday night's tree lighting. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Shelton area residents gathered for a tree lighting ceremony Friday nightat Veteran's Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Shelton area residents gathered for a tree lighting ceremony Friday nightat Veteran's Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Shelton area residents gathered for a tree lighting ceremony Friday nightat Veteran's Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A boy places an ornament on the Christmas tree. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Performers from Center Stage Theater. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
One of the Center Stage performers during a song. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Kids got to visit with Santa at the end of Friday's event. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Shelton area residents gathered for a tree lighting ceremony Friday nightat Veteran's Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

SHELTON, Conn. — Shelton area residents gathered at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday evening to celebrate the Christmas season with a tree-lighting ceremony.

Entertainment was provided by the Center Stage Theater, cider and cookies were available, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti spoke to the crowd, and children attending got to visit with Santa.

"This is a pretty important event for our city," Lauretti told Daily Voice. "It has been for years... and the Christmas spirit can be seen here, absolutely. I think in this day and age, more now than ever, with all of the turmoil around the world, people need a little uplifting.

"And when you can bring community and families together... just look at the faces around here - that's part of what we're trying to accomplish."

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