Goshen greets the season with good cheer (and cocoa)

The countdown to the tree lighting, the arrival of Santa, and other holiday traditions start the season with a thrill


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  • The cast of Cornerstone Theater Arts, keeping warm under their Santa hats, smiled for the camera at the tree lighting ceremony. That’s theater founder Ken Tschan on the right. (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • A family from Middletown was pleased to join in the fun for the tree lighting ceremony. Dad, on the left, is Vladimir Chatelain, holding Gabriella, 2. Mom, Jesula Charlot, is holding Anaelle, 3. The family has lived in Middletown for 17 years but they spend a lot of time in Goshen visiting a co-worker of Dad’s (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Isabel Mitterbauer, 6, of Goshen was happy to be at the tree lighting ceremony. When asked which one of Santa’s reindeer she was, Isabel, enthusiastically replied: “Rudolph!” (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • It wouldn’t be a party without Santa Claus. Here he is with Molly O’Donnell, one of the organizers of the tree lighting (Photo by Geri Corey)



By Geri Corey

— With the huge tree festooned in colorful lights now all lit up, it's official: Christmas will soon be here.

The annual tree lighting in the village of Goshen last Saturday had all the makings of an old-fashioned holiday celebration: hot chocolate and cookies; Christmas carols, courtesy of the Girl Scouts; an enthusiastic reading of Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas"; Santa Claus welcoming children, young and old; plenty of neighbors meeting and greeting each other with good cheer; and the dramatic countdown to the festive tree lighting.

Yes, it’s clear — the holiday season is upon us.

The tree lighting ceremony is a joint effort of the Village of Goshen, Goshen Joint Recreation, the Goshen Girl Scouts, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Illuminate Goshen, the Goshen Fire Department, and Cornerstone Theater Arts.



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