For Immediate Release: 11/9/2018 1:53 pm
The City of Worcester has announced that the annual Festival of Lights Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration will take place on Friday, November 30 from 4:30-9 p.m. headlined by breakthrough pop artist Brynn Elliott.
A recent graduate of Harvard University, Brynn Elliott’s debut EP, “Time of Our Lives”, which she created with producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) is about embracing who you are and feeling inspired to act. Elliot has played with artists like Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlile and Allen Stone and more recently performed on Live with Kelly and Ryan and the Today Show. Her hit single “Might Not Like Me” is rising on the Billboard charts and can be heard on 104.5 XLO and radio stations around the country.
Opening for Elliott is a lineup of choruses from the Worcester Public Schools. Additional entertainment throughout the night includes street performers, horse drawn sleigh rides, photo opportunities and more! The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. but with thousands expected to attend, it is strongly recommended to arrive early. There is plenty of affordable parking available within walking distance of the Worcester Common Oval, including the Worcester Common Garage at 2 Eaton Place, Mercantile Center Parking Garage, Federal Plaza Parking Garage and the Pearl-Elm Parking Garage.
Schedule of events:
4:30 p.m. Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink opens to the public with free admission (Skate rentals cost $5.00 per pair and require a $25 refundable cash or credit card deposit)
5:15-6 p.m. Performances by Worcester Public Schools
6:15 p.m. Brynn Elliott
6:45 p.m. Santa Parade
7:00 p.m. Tree Lighting, Pictures with Santa and more
The City will once again host the Food Truck Rodeo with 10 food trucks stationed on Front Street, organized by the Oval’s resident food truck, The Dogfather.
The Worcester Common Oval will be open for the season from November 23 through February 24 on Fridays from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The rink will also be open for daytime skating during school vacation week in December and February as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and New Year’s Day. The Oval will be closed Christmas Day.
Closings and delayed openings due to weather can be found at www.WorcesterCommonOval.com and by calling (508) 929-0777.
Admission for public skating is $5 and free for kids 6 and younger. Rentals cost $5 per pair with a refundable $25 cash or credit card deposit. For private rentals and group tickets, please call (508) 929-0125.
The City of Worcester would like to recognize the generous sponsors and community partners that make this event possible: The Hanover Insurance Group, Worcester Red Sox, Worcester Business Development Corporation, Fallon Health, MCPHS University, Commerce Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, College of the Holy Cross, Baystate Savings Bank, Fidelity Bank, The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, DCU- Digital Federal Credit Union, SMG, 104.5 WXLO, The Dogfather, Worcester Cultural Coalition and Discover Central Massachusetts.