BURLINGTON The holidays officially arrived in Vermont last Friday in the form of over 100,000 lights and a beautiful tree on Church Street in Burlington. The festivities kicked off with a parade at noon, which ran from City Hall to the doorstep of the Burlington Town Center. Santa was on hand at the mall to take down all of the childrens holiday wishes. Hundreds of Vermonters braved the frigid winter weather to attend the seventh annual event, proving once again that the holiday spirit will always prevail. After the sun had set, the crowd gathered for a classic stage production presented by the Open Stage Theatre Company. The fully costumed show was preceded by some good-old-fashioned caroling on the marketplace. At 6:05 p.m., the holiday tree was lit with thousands of colored lights in various shades of red, blue and yellow, topped off with a star. The tree will shine bright throughout the holiday season. Volunteers for the Salvation Army were also scattered along the Church Street Marketplace on Friday to kick off their annual holiday fundraiser. Ringers will be busy drumming up support in Burlington throughout November and December. On Saturday, the Albany Berkshire Ballet did their part to ring in the holidays, with a performance of the Nutcracker on Flynns MainStage. For more information about any holiday events on the Marketplace, email
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