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Bethel Tradition Brightens The Christmas Season

Santa arrives at the Bethel tree lighting. Santa arrives at the Bethel tree lighting.
Santa arrives at the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Boy Scouts dish up soup at the Bethel tree lighting. Boy Scouts dish up soup at the Bethel tree lighting.
Boy Scouts dish up soup at the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Residents enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides before the Bethel tree lighting. Residents enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides before the Bethel tree lighting.
Residents enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides before the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A creche adds to the Christmas scene in Bethel. A creche adds to the Christmas scene in Bethel.
A creche adds to the Christmas scene in Bethel. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Carols sing Christmas songs at the Bethel tree lighting. Carols sing Christmas songs at the Bethel tree lighting.
Carols sing Christmas songs at the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Spectators of all ages and generations enjoy the Bethel tree lighting. Spectators of all ages and generations enjoy the Bethel tree lighting.
Spectators of all ages and generations enjoy the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Santa Claus arrives on a vintage fire truck at the Bethel tree lighting. Santa Claus arrives on a vintage fire truck at the Bethel tree lighting.
Santa Claus arrives on a vintage fire truck at the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Residents turn out on a mild evening to enjoy the Bethel tree lighting. Residents turn out on a mild evening to enjoy the Bethel tree lighting.
Residents turn out on a mild evening to enjoy the Bethel tree lighting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The tree brightens downtown Bethel. The tree brightens downtown Bethel.
The tree brightens downtown Bethel. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

BETHEL, Conn. – Bethel residents gathered recently for a full day of festivities with a small-town feel to enjoy the Christmas season. 

A horse-drawn carriage trotted down Greenwood Avenue, taking kids for rides as they sang along to Christmas tunes in an event sponsored by Union Savings Bank.

Bethel United Methodist Church served up its Gingerbread Festival, while local restaurants and Boy Scout Troops dished up bowls of soup. At Bethel Arts Gallery, kids and adults made ornaments and sang carols while shopping. Kids roasted marshmallows and warmed up by the fire in P.T. Barnum Square.

As darkness fell, the town's Christmas tree was officially lit as the Bethel High School Choir sang Christmas carols. Afterward, you could hear the echo of “ho ho ho!” as Santa Claus arrived on a vintage firetruck. He took a seat of honor on a rocking chair in front of the Christmas tree and gave out candy canes and listened to kids' wish lists.

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