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Elmsford Spreads Holiday Cheer At Annual Tree Lighting

Geet Dhanoa reaches out to touch the Christmas tree at Elmsford Village Hall as her father Rummy holds her.
Geet Dhanoa reaches out to touch the Christmas tree at Elmsford Village Hall as her father Rummy holds her. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — It was anything but a silent night in Elmsford Tuesday evening as Christmas carols, laughter and the click-clack of horses rang through South Stone Avenue.

Hundreds attended the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony hosted by Elmsford Village Tuesday night. Students from Alice E. Grady's band and chorus kicked off the night by performing classic Christmas music.

Then, just before 7 p.m., everyone joined in the countdown to light the huge tree that stands in front of Elmsford Village hall.

Giordana Bapovitch has made the event a new Christmas tradition.

"It's wonderful. I've been going every year for three years now," said Bapovitch, who brought Roshel Florrez, a girl she babysits. "Our favorite is the tree lighting."

While the tree lighting is the centerpiece of the night, Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams has also taken it upon himself to add new events to the ceremony since he took office 10 years ago. Tuesday night also included a visit from Santa on an Elmsford Fire Department truck and free horse and buggy rides through the neighborhood.

David Riccardi came to the ceremony to watch his son James, a Grady student, play the baritone in the band's performance. He said his son has been looking forward to the Christmas show.

"It's such a treat for the town," David said.

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