Santa Surprises as Oxford Lights Up Christmas
About 75 residents of Oxford were out and about tonight, participating in the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The event took place in the little park at the corner of Main and Water Streets.
Mayor Greg Henley presided over his first holiday event, offering brief remarks to the crowd. He said, “I’d like to thank everyone for coming tonight. At least it’s not freezing or snowing or raining. It’s been a rough year, I know, for everyone but this hopefully will shine a little light on it.
The mayor received a little applause when he said, “This will be over someday soon.”
After Mayor Henley plugged in the Christmas tree lights, the town’s economic development officer, Ruthie Patriquin, told the assembled townsfolk that Santa Claus was doing his rounds, touring the streets of Oxford so children could see him from their homes.
The Santa street tour was Oxford’s answer to the cancellation of the annual Christmas parade, one more measure aimed at preventing the spread of covid-19.
Patriquin read a few holiday themed poems before introducing Ruth Collins on keyboard, accompanied by various local singing groups, young and old, who entertained the crowd with traditional holiday songs.
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