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With Town Tree Alight; North Branford Plans Drive-Thru 'Candy Cane Lane' Dec. 4

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North Branford's Town Christmas tree will already be alight as the gates open for a drive-through holiday event to celebrate the season, Candy Cane Lane, 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Augur Field.

Image from North Branford Parks and Recreation

North Branford's Town Christmas tree will already be alight as the gates open for a drive-through holiday event to celebrate the season, Candy Cane Lane, 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Augur Field. Image from North Branford Parks and Recreation )

To avoid crowds gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions, North Branford's Town Christmas tree will already be alight as the gates open for a drive-through holiday event to celebrate the season, Candy Cane Lane, 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Augur Field.

Instead of the traditional tree lighting this year, residents will stay in their vehicles as they enter from the Wall Field entrance (by North Branford police department) for a festively lit drive along Candy Cane Lane. With help from Santa and volunteers decked out for the holidays and wearing face masks, treats and holiday themed items will handed out at stations on the lane, all within view of the newly-lit Christmas tree.

The night will incorporate several safe celebration holiday offerings being planned to spread the holiday cheer at Candy Cane Lane, said North Branford Parks and Recreation Director Jessie Caetano, such as a mail-a-letter to the North Pole. On Dec. 4, Santa will be collecting the letters, which kids can pass to him from their vehicle's window.

All of the Candy Cane Lane holiday events are being rolled out online and promoted on the department's Facebook page (@NBParksandRecreation).

Due to the continuing "red" critical COVID-19 positive case status of North Branford, North Branford  Parks and Recreation had to adjust its original Tree Lighting event plans, while keeping the same date. Plans for Candy Cane Lane were announced on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Candy Cane Lane will be produced with co-sponsoring organization North Branford Rotary and in partnership with North Branford Public Works, North Branford public libraries and North Branford Children's Stocking Stuffer Drive. The event takes place snow or shine.

"Events like this one are not possible without the support of our Public Works and made even better with the support of other departments and organizations like the Library and Rotary Club," said Caetano.


Pam Johnson covers news for Branford and North Branford for Zip06. Email Pam at p.johnson@shorepublishing.com.

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