As the start of the holiday season approaches, the Brentwood City Commission and city staff are looking forward to participating with residents in holiday events that will be a bit different than usual.
The 22nd annual tree lighting ceremony to be held on Monday, Dec. 7, but while this is a Brentwood tradition that keeps growing each year, this year, to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, this will be a virtual event only.
The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be live streamed on the city of Brentwood’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Throughout the month, it will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 19, known as Brentwood TV or BTV.
The ceremony will include the reading of “The Polar Express” and “A Creature was Stirring” by author Carter Goodrich, music from the Ravenwood High School choir and, new this year, stories of past holiday traditions as well as new memories to be made during this unusual year. The program will culminate around 6 p.m. with the countdown and lighting of the tree.
Although there will not be a city-sponsored event at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library for the tree lighting this year, residents are welcome to stop by anytime over the holidays to snap a photo by the tree.
On Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Santa Claus will be taking wish lists at the Morning with Santa Express event at the library. This will be a drive-through style event where families will remain in their vehicle the entire time. Vehicles will drive up to the library, wave to Santa, and collect a holiday stocking from his elves. Children will not be able to take photos with Santa this year.
Morning with Santa Express is free, but in order to participate, each vehicle must have a car pass that will be placed in the front window. Car passes will be available at the Children’s Service Desk beginning Monday, Nov. 23. For more information, call the library at 615-371-0090 ext. 8380.
During the evening of Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at dusk until 9 p.m., neighborhoods are encouraged to display luminaries. The city sets the date for the luminaries to be out each year, but each homeowner’s association plans the details. For safety, please consider using glow sticks or flameless candles.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the luminary date will be Sunday, Dec. 6. Each neighborhood, usually through its homeowner’s association, makes the final decision on luminary postponement.
Other holiday events this year include Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. This is an American shopping holiday held the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year to encourage Americans to shop local. Many Brentwood businesses will be offering special deals and discounts.
Each year, the Brentwood Police Department hosts Shop with a Cop at Walmart to conduct holiday shopping for local children in need. This year, BPD needs volunteers to help coordinate efforts with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.
For many of the children, this event will be the only Christmas gifts they receive. If you would like to help, contact Fraternal Order of Police President Andy Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program through Dec. 18. Donations are being accepted in person between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at any of the four Brentwood Fire and Rescue Stations, the John P. Holt Brentwood Library, the Brentwood Service Center and Brentwood City Hall. With COVID-19 continuing to spread, this year, a virtual option to donate is also available through Amazon and Graceworks Ministries. Donate online here. For more information about this effort, email email@example.com.
The Ravenswood Mansion, located on 1825 Wilson Pike, will be lit up for the holidays starting Monday, Dec. 7. Consider using this city-owned venue for a small holiday gathering or the perfect spot for outdoor photos.