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See Santa Turn On the Town in Belmont Center Tonight at 6 P.M.

Don't forget to bring food/items for the Belmont Food Pantry; every donation Hammond Realty will give $1 to the Foundation for Belmont Education.

While you won't need your heavy coat – but do pack an umbrella – it's the season for Belmont's 23 annual Turn on the Town festivities beginning tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Belmont Center Business Association, Santa arrives and lights the tree at 6:20 p.m. Take free photos with Santa from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belmont Savings Bank on Leonard Street. You can also pickup a glow bracelet there.

While your at the bank, head to the parking garage and visit the animals in the petting zoo. There will also be face painting, cupcake decorating, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph wandering through the crowd, Power Music singers and the Belmont High School Madrigals on the street, 

Stop by Belmont Savings Bank and enter to win 1 of 5 Holiday Prize Stockings stuffed with goodies! 

Celebrate the season of giving and bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Belmont Food Pantry. And as an incentive for people to bring food and sundries on Thursday, for every item donated to the pantry, Hammond Realty will donate $1 to The Foundation for Belmont Education with no limit to the amount Hammond will donate.

Mary T December 05, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Are the stores staying open until 8:00 as well??
Franklin Tucker (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 07:20 AM
They usually remain open – with hundreds on the street, why not? – but I would stay clear of Starbucks as that is FILLED with happy-go-lucky middleschoolers bouncing around Belmont Center.
Lisa Gibalerio December 05, 2013 at 07:35 AM
This is my favorite Belmont event of the year. Am already looking forward to the fake snow, the BHS Madrigal singers, and the free hot chocolate!
Mary T December 05, 2013 at 08:41 AM
That's hilarious Fran!! I'm a Dunkin's gal anyway! This sounds like fun from what Lisa says. I think we shall attend since we had just moved to Belmont last November and didn't make it to the event.
Art Peters December 05, 2013 at 09:06 AM
"Turn on the Town"? What holiday are we celebrating? We recently recognized and celebrated Happy Hanukkah. And a Merry Kwanza will soon be upon us. But "Turn on the Town"????? I am sure the merchants in the Center hope shoppers will patronize their stores during this "Christmas "season to purchase "Christmas" gifts.
Franklin Tucker (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Oh, Art! We all know it's Christmas that's being celebrated. What did you think "Turn on the Town" was about? A Happy Marijuana Legalization Day? I don't think the Business Association is attempting to slight Christmas in any way by focusing on the lights around the center. I really don't think this rises to the level of calling Bill O'Reilly.
Mary T December 05, 2013 at 12:14 PM
To be honest...I didn't even notice that it said "turn on the town." And I'm all for saying "Merry Christmas" vs. Happy Holidays because Christmas IS what most people will be celebrating this month.

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