Springfield continues tradition of Quadrangle Christmas tree lighting

Hampden County

Christmas came early at the Springfield Museums Friday night. 

“We actually have snow pants, snow jackets, hats and mittens we’re good to go, It’s New England right?”

Despite another cold night in western Massachusetts, people made their way to downtown Springfield Friday for the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Springfield Museums. 

“It’s exciting, it’s so much fun it’s colorful, Dr. Suess is everywhere, it’s really fun,” said Tanne Plummer of Ontario, Canada.

Tanne Plummer and her family came down from Canada to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family and made it a point to stop at the Springfield Museums.

And she said it’s still much warmer here than up north. 

“Compared to Canada, this is like fall spring weather,” Plummer added.

Although you had to bundle up from head to toe, the celebration featured appearances by Santa Claus and the Grinch and of course the illumination of the Quadrangle Christmas tree. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also made an appearance to help kick off the celebration. 

“It’s something new just to kick off the holiday festivities for the kids,” said Sue Afonso of Springfield. “We saw it online so we decided to come out and check it out.”

There were also performances by the Sci-Tech Band which featured members from the Springfield High School of Science and Technology Band Program.

And to help people stay warm on this frigid night, Dunkin Donuts gave away free hot chocolate.

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