Morristown celebrates season with Christmas tree lighting celebration

Venus Brandt, left and Sherry Cantwell, right, stand in front of the Morristown Christmas Tree after it was lit Saturday night. The pair’s mother, Buelah Clarkson, donated the tree this year.

The Christmas Season continued in Morristown Saturday as the city conducted its annual Official Tree Lighting Ceremony and held Christmas in the Park at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion near downtown.

Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney rang in the lighting of the tree at 7 p.m.

Chesney along with children lined up in front of the tree.

“5, 4, 3, 2, 1,” several yelled.

The Christmas tree lights were to twinkling life.

The tree was donated this year by Buelah Clarkson and also Lyn Mars Down.

Before the tree lighting, there was entertainment provided.

Further Born, a local band, sang several Christmas songs including Chuck Berry’s “Run, Rudolph, Run” “Angel on High,” and The Eagles’ “Please Come Home for Christmas.” For good measure, the band also threw in “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2 as a train rolled by.

It was the second year in a row the lighting had occurred at the Farmers’ Market, instead of at the City Center. Chesney said it would remain at that site.

“We plan on continuing this tradition,” he said.

Chesney also joked on how big this year’s Christmas tree is after the donated evergreen took a beating this year on social media.

“I hope I’m not blocking the tree,” he said. “See that tree? Is it wide enough? Good.”

Hours before the tree lighting ceremony, Carol Rouse, East High School art instructor, helped out with “make and take” ornaments as part of the Christmas in the Park. Dozens of children attended to create their own ornaments to put on their trees at home.

Dance students from Studio 180 also danced at the tree lighting event and put on a special showing of the “Nutracker Suite,” which they will be performing this weekend at Walters State Community College.

Pastor Justin Graham, of The Avenue church, gave an invocation and read the story of Jesus’s birth from the Gospel of Luke.

Those who helped included Morristown Utility, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the city’s Public Works Department and the city’s administrative staff.