Councilman-elect Michael Putrino summed up the evening best, "If there was snow on the ground, this would be a Norman Rockwell painting."
With Borough Hall lit up like a building in a Christmas Village display, Mayor Ann Subrizi welcomed the hundreds gathered together on the lawn of borough hall to be entertained by the New Milford High School Band and holiday carols by the Girl Scouts before the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Santa.
This year's honorary Tree lighters were Ray Cottiers with the students who traveled with him to New Orleans, and Kaitlyn Carberry.
Cottiers, NMHS 2004 who now teaches Social Studies at David E. Owens Middle School, organized a trip for eighth graders and NMHS Juniors to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. This same group also organized a clothing and food drive to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Carberry, a seventh-grader at David E. Owens Middle School, has donated her hair to Locks of Love for the past three years and will be donating again this year. Locks of Love uses donated hair to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
After the tree was lit, Santa arrived on firetruck and made his way into Borough Hall where children lined up to tell him all of their Christmas wishes.
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is organized by the Public Events Committee, headed by Chairwoman, Darlene Minko.