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Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lighting 2011

Posted: November 26, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

The Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee works each year with the City of Boston Neighborhood Services to organize a tree lighting event for Dorchester neighborhoods. 

This year Santa's Trolley arrived in Upham’s Corner to a Holiday Party at the Strand on Nov 26.  In past years the Upham’s Corner Tree Lighting had been short and simple with people waiting for the trolley, then leaving as soon as the tree was lit.

This year the Upham's Corner Improvement Association in partnership with Main Street organized a community-based holiday party "wrapped" around the tree lighting, and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Tourism helped out by sponsoring the event at the Strand. 

We encouraged the many Upham's Corner groups, businesses and residents to take "ownership" and make the party unique by bringing food, used books and games/toys, talents and good cheer.

Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011
Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011
People began arriving before 4pm and received small holiday gift bags along with a chance to warm their hearts with hot food, seasonal cheers and songs from the Upham’s Corner Carolers.

Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011

Pizza, fresh apples, hot cranberry-lime punch, hot chocolate, cookies – you couldn’t ask for better. 

Residents also brought beautiful children’s books for the children attending who got in line and picked out the book of their choice.

Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011

Singing a mixture of sacred traditional carols and favorite holiday songs, the Upham's Corner Carolers had a delightful time sounding like the recorded voices of the past that had brought these songs to life.  Who were the carolers?  Anyone who was brave enough to come forward and sing into the microphone – Ginette, Ted, Hal, Nancy, Geri, Michelle and Margie. 

Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011

Just before 5pm, someone announced:  “Santa and the Trolley are almost here,” but the party didn’t move.  It wasn’t time yet to go outside, but when the Trolley pulled up in front, it was as if the Santa Train had just come down the chimney.

The police were there, too, not looking like Santa’s helpers but clearly intent on protecting everyone as we waited for the moment the tree rose out of the darkness with garlands of glowing diamonds strung in swirls around her.

Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011
Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011
Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011 Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lightings 2011

When the Trolley drove on, the partiers re-entered the Strand to hear thanks go out to everyone – organizers, the Strand, the City of Boston and all those attending. 
The Happiest Holidays to All!

Thank you to the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events
Thank you to the Upham's Corner Improvement Association Members
Thanks to Rev. John Odams and the Pilgrim Church


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