On the first Thursday in December, the Annual Bernice Garden Tree Lighting Ceremony will ring in the holiday season once again. The festivities begin at 5:30pm and the Tree Lighting Ceremony ends around 7:30pm. SoMa neighborhood businesses will stay open until 8:30pm for Holiday Open House.
The event opens with local school choruses singing carols. Lineup includes Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Forest Heights Stem Academy, and Dunbar Middle School. After their performance, students will help lead the community in the countdown to light up the tree. M. L. King Magnet Elementary is bringing crafts so that participants can take home a bit of holiday spirit. SoMa’s beloved Cosmo as well as Santa Claus will make appearances.
For Holiday Open House, SoMa businesses are extending their hours to delight attendees in holiday shopping, dining, and sipping hot chocolate.
This annual community event is family friendly and free to attend.