Published November 21, 2018

NORTH READING — The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Holiday Lighting Festival will take place on Sunday, November 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on North Reading’s Town Common, and it promises to be another banner event filled with family-friendly entertainment!

The celebration will include free photos with Santa at the Reading Cooperative Bank on Park Street, tractor and trolley rides, live ice sculpture demonstration, pony rides, strolling characters, a digital photo booth, bounce house, great local food, and performances by the North Reading High School Band and other local dance and karate studios.

The Festival will culminate at dusk when Santa and his elves officially light the Town Common for the holiday season at approximately 4:15 p.m.

This is the 13th annual event and each year it has grown. Throughout the past week crews have been sprucing up common and stringing news lights in the trees.

Several other town organizations are also hosting holiday-themed events to coincide with the Chamber’s Holiday Light Festival, enhancing the family-friendly atmosphere. They are:

• The Flint Memorial Library and the Friends of the Flint Memorial Library are hosting a story time and their famous Cookie Walk.

• The Historical and Antiquarian Society and the Historical Commission will open its village of historic buildings to the public. See the Rev. Daniel Putnam House and other buildings on the grounds decorated for the holidays. The Damon Tavern will also be open, including its historic inn rooms.

• The town’s churches will be hosting a live Nativity inside the barn at the Putnam House with farm animals for all to enjoy, including a donkey and an alpaca.

More details on these additional activities from the sponsors of each of these events can be found inside today’s Transcript.

For more information about the Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Light Festival may be found online: or by contacting Executive Director Lisa Egan at [email protected] or 978-664-5060.