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Tree lighting to kick off 'Holiday Lights in Bloom' in Montgomery
Looking for some holiday fun that will dazzle kids and adults alike? On Thursday, the Orange County Arboretum (211 State Rte. 416, Montgomery; 845-615-3830; www.orangecountynyparks.com) kicks off “Holiday Lights in Bloom,” an exhibit featuring the arboretum illuminated with thousands of lights in a garden-themed display.
Festivities begin with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m., with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by fire truck to meet with youngsters and listen to their Christmas wishes.
The jolly couple will flip the switch, bathing the Christmas tree and the entire arboretum in a festive holiday glow. This year’s lights display will feature flowers, animals, insects and a new addition: a pond scene, complete with fish and water fowl. A patriotic exhibit will light the 9/11 Memorial. Free refreshments will be served at the all-ages event.
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The lights display is open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23 and daily from Dec. 24 to Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.