The City of Plainfield will host a spectacular Holiday Lights Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1st, at 6 PM. This year’s holiday extravaganza will feature the City’s first ever Community Choir led by Wendell Woods, Minister of Music at Shiloh Baptist Church.  The choir has been rehearsing for several weeks. It’s comprised of community members of all ages and promises to be a feast of music.

“It’s been a privilege and pleasure working with the volunteers to shape the community choir. I’ve found that music can reach people in a way almost nothing else can and it helps to build bridges and forge bonds. As the Minister of Music at Shiloh for 29 years my goal has been not only to advance the quality of music as we worship but to honor and praise God through song. I hope that this community choir can be an extension of that and bring a blessing and spread joy during this festive season. We have many gifted and talented people here in Plainfield, and it's been great working with them in this capacity,” said Wendell C. Woods, Minister of Music, Shiloh Baptist Church.

As in previous years, one of the highlights of the event will be a visit from Santa riding on a fire engine and escorted by our brave men and women in the Plainfield Fire Department. Santa will spend some time distributing toys and taking pictures with the children under 12.

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“The Holiday Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony is one event that helps to bring us closer as a community during the holiday season,” said Mayor Adrian O. Mapp. "Seeing the tree light up never fails to bring a shout of appreciation from those gathered, and there is a sparkle in the eyes of every young person when Santa arrives. It's important as we continue to work hard to grow our City that we create and hold on to traditions that bind us together. Every family needs to create beautiful memories, and this has always been one of ours. I look forward to seeing and hearing the renditions from our community choir this year; music makes everything better.”

The Tree Lighting Ceremony has been a tradition in Plainfield for many years, but in the past three years it has expanded to include the lighting of a Kinara and a Menorah and is highly anticipated and attended by many residents young and old.