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XMAS_TREE_NEWDATEThe holiday tree lighting ceremony has been rescheduled from Monday, December 14 to Wednesday, December 16 due to a predicted rainy forecast and filming in the city hall building. The new date will be Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. on the City Hall Plaza.

Mayor Ernest D. Davis will light the tree at the start of the festivities that include refreshments and holiday music. “Despite the challenges that some of us face, we hope our celebration will spread some cheer among those of us who are facing difficulty this holiday season,” said Mayor Davis.

American Christmas, a local company responsible for magnificent displays at Manhattan locations such as Macy’s, Radio City Music Hall, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Rockefeller Center, has been donating a 20 foot tree for a number of years. Every year a team of designers erect an artificial tree decorated with LED lights not only at city hall but at the police and fire departments as well.

The annual gift giveaway brings out loads of children. Parents are reminded that children must be in attendance, accompanied by an adult and be under 12 years of age in order to receive a toy. The Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce will supply free candy canes and refreshments will be served.

Holiday performances will be provided by the Columbus School Band, Mount Vernon School of Music and the Mayor’s Interfaith Choir. Also in attendance will be a young Christian Hip hop artist Vill E. Wright.

For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor at 914.665.2572.