Somers kicked off the holiday season on Sunday afternoon, as hundreds of residents came out to the Elephant Hotel to enjoy festive activities. The evening culminated with the annual Christmas tree lighting on the front lawn.

Also returning was the tradition in which youngsters pose next to a 6-foot ruler near the Christmas tree to see how much they’ve grown since the previous year’s celebration.

Town officials also unveiled the Bailey Park gazebo, which was restored to its former glory thanks to the help of town staff, volunteers and donors.

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Those who donated labor and materials were: Emil Antonaccio and Meg Timone of the Somers Historical Society, Kevin Cullen of Heritage Management Services, Jim Capone of Jim’s Driveway Sealing, Arnoldo Salazar Lopez of A&V Home Improvements, Frank Peter Gabriel of Gabriel Contracting, Rick DiNardo of Il Forno Italian Kitchen, Michael Kerins of Kerins Electric Co., Douglas Hager of Heritage Hills Woodworking Club, and Michael Festo of North County Electric.

The park is frequently used for St. Luke’s Church events, the YMCA Halloween Parade and other community gatherings. Supervisor Rick Morrissey announced that town-sponsored concerts will also return to the park.