Trees Lit Up in Downtown Falls Church for First Time in Decades

(Photo: Drew Costley/News-Press)

UPDATE: The original report has been corrected to include information from Falls Church resident Edna Frady that she recalls her father lighting up trees in downtown Falls Church in the 1950s.

Trees in downtown Falls Church were lit up with Christmas lights for the first time in decades at a ceremony on Tuesday evening. The tree lighting ceremony, attended by between 30 – 40 people including City officials and politicians, kicked off when the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department’s Santamobile pulled on to West Broad Street playing the Jackson 5’s “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.”

Trees on the 100 and 200 blocks of West Broad Street will be lit up from now until March as part of a program launched by the City last week to create a “festive shopping and dining atmosphere near one of Falls Church’s busiest intersections,” a press release from the City said last Tuesday.

Longtime Falls Church resident Edna Frady told the News-Press that she recalls Christmas lights lighting up Falls Church in the earliest years of the City in the 1950s.