DecemberFest

WOW’s DECEMBERFEST 2022 TO SPARKLE WITH 5th ANNUAL TREE JUBILEE, TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

Westfield on Weekends (WOW) has announced the 2022 edition of DecemberFest, Westfield’s annual holiday celebration, that will offer our most popular traditional offerings.

“There is no better time than Westfield at the holidays and WOW is so happy to be presenting DecemberFest 2022,” Bob Plasse, WOW’s President and Co-Chair of DecemberFest explained.  

MAYOR’S TREE LIGHTING,COCOA AND CAROLS

In-person events will kick off on Small Business Saturday, November 26 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting on Park Square. Festivities will begin with Cocoa and Carols at 5:45pm, featuring the Westfield High School Pep Band, led by Patrick Kennedy and the Westfield High School Show Choir, conducted by Korey Bruno. Cocoa will be provided.

Mayor Mike McCabe will light the city’s Holiday Tree at 6:30 pm and introduce the very special arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will then meet children and their families.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACES

To honor Small Business Saturday on November 26, WOW will also mount the 2nd year of our Pop-Up Holiday Marketplace at WOW’s Creative Arts Center at 105 Elm Street from 10am to 6 pm. The Holiday Marketplace at the Creative Arts Center will continue on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 (10am - 4pm) and 4 (12-4pm)  with a variety of rotating vendors offering wares and crafts for gift-giving.

If you are interested in putting in a bid to sell your wares and beautiful artistic designs, please pre-register HERE.

THE 5th ANNUAL TREE JUBILEE

Westfield on Weekends 5th Annual Tree Jubilee will be Nov. 21- Dec. 7 and is a special fundraiser that supports WOW’s community programming. For the third year, it will take place virtually online, as well as at Roots Athletic Center at 181 Root Road, where visitors may view a wonderland of trees, wreaths and, new this year, tablescapes, donated by area individuals, businesses and organizations.

As in past years, some of the trees and wreaths are designed by their crafters to reflect the work of their businesses or organizations with some, offering additional prizes and certificates within their branches. Raffle tickets will give participants the opportunity to take their favorite tree or wreath home, when the winners are drawn at the end of Tree Jubilee on December 7. Winners can pick up their displays on December 10th from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Roots Athletic Center. Tickets may only be purchased and submitted online through WOW’s website at westfieldonweekends.com. All proceeds from this event help to fund future Westfield on Weekend's events.

If you are interested in donating a tree, wreath or tabletop display or want to make a monetary donation for which we can create a display in your name, please contact Lis Sunderland Burns at (413) 568-9619 or lmsburns24@gmail.com for more information. To purchase raffle tickets, please use this link!

DECEMBERFEST AT WOW’S CREATIVE ARTS CENTER - 105 Elm Street

This year's Holiday Concert, produced with the Music Department of Westfield State as part of WOW’s Up Close and Musical series will take place at Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State University on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm. It will feature faculty and students of the Music Department presenting a holiday program. Our final musical performance will be "An Evening of Jazz" featuring Westfield State student Jazz Ensembles on Thursday, December 8, 7:30pm in room 127 at the Catherine Dower Center.

WOW’s Creative Arts Center will also offer a special children's party as part of WOW's Cupcakes, Cookies and Community series, "A Frozen Holiday Journey" with the Snow Sisters and Peppermint the Elf! Join the fun and learn about the different winter holidays celebrated in Westfield and around the world on December 2 from 6 - 8pm. Special stops along the journey, with interactive activities and special guests make this event uniquely special for the holiday season. Doors will open for the hour-long journey at 6pm. To participate in all activities please plan to arrive no later than 7:15pm. For tickets, please click HERE.

To celebrate Hanukkah, a menorah lighting ceremony led by Rabbi Shahar Colt of the Ahavas Achim Congregation, with assistance from WOW and the city of Westfield, will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 6:30 pm on Park Square. It will be followed by a Latkes and Lights party at the First United Methodist Church at 16 Court Street, Westfield. The menorah will be lit nightly at sunset for the duration of Hanukkah. All are welcome to attend.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR

The 3rd Annual Holiday Lights Tour will offer families the opportunity to take a self-guided drive-by tour of the city’s outdoor holiday displays. An interactive map can be found HERE and on WOW’s Facebook page, where Westfield residents may also register their homes and businesses and vote for their favorites. Want to join the map? Message WOW on Facebook with your address and we will add you.

FUNDERS/SPONSORS

Major funders for DecemberFest include the Future Fund of Westfield Bank and Lisa Olesak-Sullivan of Coldwell Realty, with assistance from the City of Westfield (Mayor’s Office, Police Department, Auxiliary Police, Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Community Development). Additional funding has been provided with a grant from the Westfield Cultural Council, a local program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Westfield on Weekends, Inc (WOW) is a 501 (c)(3) volunteer not-for-profit organization, founded in 2003 to produce diverse, accessible and affordable events that enhance and celebrate diversity and community life in Westfield.

Upcoming Events Presented By Westfield On Weekends

Westfield On Weekends Is Made Possible With Contributions From Local Businesses & Organizations Such As:

John & Sharon Davies • Joanne Papadimitriou, Realtor, Neilsen Realty, LLC • Witalisz & Associates Real Estate • Park Square Realty • Betts Plumbing & Heating • Attorney Richard “Kick” Sullivan • Mayor Mike McCabe • New England Realty Services Group in Westfield • State Representative Kelly Pease • State Senator John Velis • At-large City Councilor Kristen Mello • At-Large City Councilor James Adams • Ward 4 City Councilor Michael Burns • Ward 5 City Councilor John Beltrandi • At-Large City Councilor Richard K. Sullivan • Ward 3 Councilor Bridget Matthews-Kane • Ward 2 Councilor Ralph Figy

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