Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:04 AM
Published on: Thursday, December 06, 2012
By Daryl Buchanan
ROCKVILLE- Santa Claus took a break from his Christmas preparations last Thursday and travelled here to kick off the City’s holiday season in style with songs, dancing, and more.
Rockville Town Square was abuzz with the holiday spirit Thursday night as a large number of Rockville residents braved the cold begin their holiday celebrations. The events began with the guest of honor Allison Seymour, FOX 5 news anchor, who introduced the dignitaries that included Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, Council members Tom Moore and Bridget Newton, and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Marcuccio spoke to the crowd briefly before the tree lighting.
“We are so proud of Rockville Town Center and of this town. You have done wonderful things to make this town what it is. I’m so glad so many of you were able to join us tonight. The Christmas spirit is in all of us and I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful holiday season,” said Marcuccio.
After a countdown with help from Santa Claus the stunning tree on Maryland Avenue lit up to oohs, aahs, and applause from the crowd. Following the lighting Rockville Town Square bustled with excitement. There was a stage dedicated for dance performances by the Dawn Crafton Dance Connection.
“The tree looks beautiful. It has been a lot of fun. My daughter danced on the stage earlier to Frosty the Snowman. The whole family came out tonight. It was a great time,” said Heather Eig, a Rockville resident.
Featured during the celebration were Ice Dancing and student ensembles by the Adventure Theater Musical Theater Center. Residents were also treated to horse and carriage rides through town center. Of course no Christmas celebration would be complete without pictures with Santa. This proved to be the most popular attraction of the night.
Kate Adams of Rockville was waiting in line with her husband and young son for their turn to meet Santa. Adams and her family were at the back of the line, but they did not let that damper their mood.
“It’s been wonderful. We were here early last year and decided to come later this year. It doesn’t seem like it makes much of a difference. The first time my son didn’t do so well with Santa; he cried. So we’re hoping it goes better this year,” said Adams.
After the celebration Marcuccio remarked on how well Rockville Town Square is doing in the colder months now that the ice rink is on site and it has become a destination in the winter as well as the summer.
“It’s a great boosts for businesses with that ice rink there and the tree lighting brought so many people out. It was great way to bring kids and families out. The dancers were really spectacular. I really enjoyed watching them perform. I think events like that give Rockville an identity. It was a lovely night and a great way to begin the holidays,” said Marcuccio.