Once again, this year Pittsfield residents will not be gathering around the city’s Christmas tree to watch the lighting in person.  Pittsfield announced today through the City Hall’s Facebook page that the annual tree lighting will be shown virtually on the Pittsfield Community TV as well as Lanesboro Community Television, Dalton Community Television, and CTSB in Southern Berkshire County.

The event will take place at 6 pm this Friday, December 3rd from Park Square in Pittsfield.  The 25-foot white spruce was donated by Bonnie and Lou Cummings of Pittsfield according to the post.  In addition to the illumination of the city’s Christmas tree, festivities will also include performances by the Berkshire Hills Chorus, Kids Harmony, the Eagles Band Brass Ensemble, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus according to the City Hall post.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer made this statement on the virtual tree lighting… “The holiday tree lighting is one of our most beloved and memorable occasions in the City of Pittsfield. Traditionally, it’s the time of the year when we all gather today and reflect on the beauty of the season. Though I’m disappointed that we won’t be able to gather this year, the tree stands as a reminder of the many good things that are still around us. It’s my hope that each of us will find a way to recognize and cherish those special things in our lives.  Thank you to all who dedicated their time, energy, and talents to make this an amazing event for our community.”

Pittsfield residents can watch the virtual lighting and performances on channel 1301 beginning Friday at 6 pm.  It will also be repeated a number of times leading up to the holidays according to the City Hall post.

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