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Somers Celebrates The Holidays With Tree Lighting, Visit From Santa

Somers' lit Christmas tree near the Elephant Hotel. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
People gathered by the Elephant Hotel for Somers' holiday celebration. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
From left, Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey, Town Historian Doris Jane Smith and Councilman Richard Clinchy Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Santa visited the Somers tree lighting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Folks gathered outside of the Elephant Hotel in Somers for the town's holiday celebration. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Downtown Somers was filled with the spirit of the season on Sunday evening, Dec. 6, for the town's holiday celebration.

The scene in front of the historic Elephant Hotel was packed before a Christmas tree lighting took place. Some of the event's marquee guests included Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

This year, the lighting is the first for a new tree. Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey recalled how there have been three trees in recent years. The first, which lasted for many years, was replaced because it was dying, Morrissey explained. The second one, which was moved with help from the Somers Lions Club, lasted less than a year and succumbed due to the winter, he explained. Morrissey added that the third tree, which is the current one, was planted earlier this year and found in Pennsylvania by the Lions Club.

Bob MacGregor, a Somers Lions Club member, noted his group's support of an event where people could get their photos taken with Santa Claus. Doris Jane Smith, who is the town's historian and played Mrs. Claus, mentioned events that happened during the day, including a gingerbread-house display, a musical presentation held at the library and an exhibits of circus history and toys of the past.

Photos of the holiday celebration are attached to this article.

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