BRISTOL BOROUGH >> Historic Bristol Borough will ring in the season with an old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling with Santa on Friday, Nov. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Mill Street side of the tree.

From 5 to 9 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy music and family activities sponsored by Raising the Bar while shopping along Mill Street.

At 6:30 p.m., Keith Baker and the cast of the Bristol Riverside show, “American Christmas Songbook,” will lead Christmas carols and usher in Santa’s arrival. The tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Afterwards, youngsters are invited to meet with Santa at the Centre for the Arts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, Grundy Arena is providing a reduced rate public skate on Friday, Nov. 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Skate rental is $1.

The festivities continue on Sunday, Nov. 25 with the Bristol Borough Christmas Parade. The march is scheduled to step off at 1 p.m. The parade had been scheduled for Saturday, but organizers have postponed the event to Sunday.

The parade will form at Simon and Schuster on Farragut Avenue (near McKinley Street) and march west via Farragut, Pond Street and Mill Street before concluding at Mill and Radcliffe streets.

Parade watchers are encouraged to arrive in town early and visit the town’s many small businesses and restaurants or take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront.

The parade spotlights the town’s emergency responders, community organizations, floats, the Harry S Truman Marching Tigers Band, the Bristol Borough Football Team, antique cars and trucks, the grand arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse and carriage and so much more.

For additional information, visit the Bristol Borough Christmas Parade Facebook page.

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