LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester's town common will be aglow with Christmas spirit next Saturday, with the traditional lighting of Leicester's Christmas tree at the bandstand to be followed by a free concert by the Christian Community Choir at First Congregational Church.
The free event is organized each year by the Leicester Historical Society, the Leicester Bandstand Committee and the Music Committee of Leicester First Congregational Church, according to Judy Ivel, who said that members team up each year to spruce up the bandstand, set up the tree and ensure all lights are working.
Local Girls Scouts, under the leadership of Dawn Emery, also provide all the ornaments for the tree, she said.
As part of the event, the historical society also names its annual scholarship recipient, who has the privilege of lighting up the Christmas tree inside the Leicester Bandstand.
After a few Christmas songs around the gleaming bandstand, there will be more caroling accompanied by Jo Ann May at the piano in Russell Hall inside the Congregational Church.
Additionally, for the second year the program will also feature the Christian Community Choir's presentation of “Everlasting Light,” with more than 50 voices representing the choirs of 11 area churches.
The choir has been practicing since October, with singers coming from East Brookfield Baptist Church, Quaboag Valley Baptist Church, East Brookfield Congregational Church, Leicester First Congregational Church, First Congregational Church of North Brookfield, Mary Queen of the Rosary Catholic, Our Lady of the Sacred heart Catholic, St. Anne’s Catholic, St. John the Baptist Catholic and United Methodist Church of Spencer and Lowell Assembly of God.
The Leicester performance will be the first of four holiday performances, with concerts to follow on Dec. 9 at East Brookfield Baptist church, Dec. 30 at Overlook Masonic Home and Jan. 6 at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.
The lighting will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. on Leicester Common on Washburn Square. Refreshments will be provided by the Leicester Historical Society, with the holiday concert to begin at 7 p.m.