On a blistering cold Monday night, the city of Brentwood held its 21st annual Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting at the John P. Holt Library.
The chill in the air couldn’t dampen the spirits of excited children of all ages. Inside the library, where it was a little warmer, attendees could sip on hot cider and sample holiday cookies. As is tradition, Mr. Conductor — a.k.a. Jim Burgin — read “The Polar Express” to the lucky children who each had a “magic ticket.”
At 5:30 p.m. sharp, the ceremony began with remarks from Susan Earl, director of the library.
“The tree lighting is a special event that kicks off our city’s Christmas season,” she said. “I am delighted it happens here at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library. I look forward to it each year.”
Friends of the Brentwood Library President Kathy Dooley Smith thanked the Brentwood High School choir for performing and gave them a donation from the group.
Mayor Rhea Little then greeted the large crowd in attendance while introducing a few members of the city commission who stood with him, including Nelson Andrews, Anne Dunn, Susannah Macmillan and Vice Mayor Ken Travis. Also in attendance were Williamson County Commissioner Tom Tunnicliffe and Williamson County School Board member Sheila Cleveland.
“What a great celebration of community and Christmas in Brentwood,” Little said. “The tree lighting at the Brentwood Library is a long-held tradition that delights the many generations of those who attend and who also view the tree through the holiday season.
“As we look on the beauty of the Christmas tree, may it remind us to spread love and joy and peace to others."
This year’s Christmas tree featured 50th anniversary edition ornaments in celebration of Brentwood’s 50th anniversary as an incorporated city.
The John P. Holt Library also invites the community to Morning with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m.-noon. Magician Scott Humston will amaze and delight with his fascinating magic and hilarious showmanship with shows at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, face painting, music, giveaways and, of course, Santa Claus. This is a free program, but advance tickets are required.
Dec. 7 is also the date set for Light Up Brentwood, with neighborhoods placing luminaries out in celebration of the holiday season.
To learn more about holiday celebrations in the city of Brentwood, visit www.brentwoodtn.org.