Rochester's Christmas Tree Lighting set for Nov. 30

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Mayor Caroline McCarley is among those looking to light Rochester's Christmas Tree last year. (Rochester Voice file photo)

ROCHESTER - The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday that the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Central Square in downtown Rochester.

Mayor Caroline McCarley will be in attendance to read the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" story to attendees and have children help light the tree. In addition, cookie decorating will take place at the Chamber office courtesy of Rochester Child Care Center, dance performances by Studio 109 Dance, Voice & Drama, hot chocolate and cookies provided by Edward Jones-Megan Stewart, and a very special visit from Santa Claus.

Children may also visit Santa at Federal Savings Bank, located at 17 Wakefield Street in Rochester, anytime between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pictures with children and Santa are encourage. The program for the Holiday Tree Lighting is sponsored by Federal Savings Bank.

There will also be a collection benefiting children at the Homeless Center of Strafford County. Items being collected include new books for children ages 8-17, new puzzles for children ages 12+, toilet paper and paper towels. Items may be brought to the Chamber office now through Dec. 16 and collection boxes will be available at the Tree Lighting.

For more information about the Holiday Tree Lighting or for information and entry forms for

Rochester's "Christmas Around the World" Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 2nd, please contact the Chamber office at 603-332-5080 or visit

This Tree Lighting is underwritten by Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

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