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Carols and Cocoa Fill Tree Lighting Ceremony

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleasantville’s annual tree lighting ceremony was filled with sing-a-long carols and hot cocoa on a chilly December night Thursday.

Hundreds of residents came out to view the tree, which sits adjacent to the intersection of Manville Road and Great Oak Lane.

“This is a great sign that Christmas is once again upon us,” Pleasantville resident Maggie Rogers said.  “I had the Christmas music playing in the house all day in anticipation.”

The Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce put together the event along with help from the Pleasantville Recreation Department.  Hot cocoa along with chocolate and candy canes were given out to those in attendance.  Members of the Pleasantville Middle School Choir led the crowd in singing holiday carol classics such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells.” After singing carols throughout the night, the event was concluded with the lighting of the large oak tree on grassy island. Several town officials, including Mayor Peter Scherer, attended the event.

Linda Bellofatto, a member of the Pleasantville Recreation Department, called the yearly tree lighting a wonderful event.

“This event is always a great night and it’s become a tradition,” Bellofatto said.  “It’s great when the countdown starts and it gets to zero and then the lights on tree go on and all of the children go crazy.”

Rogers, who was at the lighting with her two daughters, ages 5 and 2, said her favorite part every year is singing carols with her children, who give their best effort to sing along.

“It’s always fun seeing my two daughters try to sing the songs,” Rogers said.  “They do their best but they don’t always know all of the words.”

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