With the warm weather, it may not feel like Christmas outside, but the holiday season has arrived and the town of Severna Park is ready to celebrate.
The annual lighting of the tree and caroling in Park Plaza will take place on Friday night.
“Santa will be coming to town in a horse drawn carriage and we will have various performing groups from Anne Arundel County Schools singing carols and performing,” said Music and Arts manager Greg Bell. “It should be a good time and lots of fun.”
Two local schools in particular will be participating in the festivities. Folger McKinsey will be singing in Park Plaza, while Severna Park Elementary will perform at the tree lighting ceremony in the parking lot of Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
“Folger has been participating for the last several years, at least five maybe more,” said Folger McKinsey music teacher Melva Sunday. “It’s a nice way for us to say thanks to the community. It’s a way to give back and share the sentiments of the season.”
Approximately 20 to 30 Folger McKinsey students in fourth- and fifth-grade will participate in the Park Plaza singing.
Along with the Park Plaza festivities is the annual tree lighting at the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce. For at least the 10th year in a row Severna Park Elementary will be singing holiday selections.
“Every year they sing 'Oh Christmas Tree,' so that is a tradition. It is kind of like a preview for our winter concert,” said Severna Park Elementary general music and chorus teacher Cristina Prince.
Around 30 fourth- and fifth-graders will perform at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Severna Park Chamber of Commerce on the upper level. Prince said it is something the kids really look forward to.
“Oh my goodness I think if we would ever stop participating it would be devastating to them. They just love it,” Price said. “It’s really a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”
For more information on the celebration see the attached PDF provided by the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
Severna Park Patch Editor Kaitlyn Carr will be at the tree lighting and the Park Plaza festivities taking pictures. Be sure to check Patch next week for coverage of the event.