Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter, Santa Claus and several children who live in Falls Church pushed down a plunger in a ceremonial act to light the trees on W. Broad Street with Christmas lights on Monday, Nov. 28. Upwards of 50 people showed up for the lighting of the trees on W. Broad Street, including City Councilmembers Letty Hardi, Phil Duncan, Karen Oliver and Marybeth Connelly.
The City provided candy canes and hot apple cider for those in attendance, Sislers Stone provided a fire pit for the event and the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department showed up in Santa hats with Santa Claus in tow. One member of the fire department came forward and announced the arrival of Santa and the iconic Christmas character walked on to the scene to cheers and ovation.
Tarter told the News-Press that he hopes that the tree lighting ceremony becomes an annual tradition in Falls Church and wants to expand ceremony into a larger event in the future.