Holiday festivities on the common

Next Sunday will bring the town’s annual holiday lighting event on the Natick Common. The festivities, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m., will feature entertainment, music, ornament decorating, tree trimming, and free hot chocolate and cookies, and the tree lighting will take place at dusk. Santa will be visiting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., and participants who donate a new unwrapped toy, a nonperishable food item, or $2 will receive their photo with Santa via e-mail. Also, a free family concert will take place from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Common Street Community Church at 13 Common St. The tree-lighting event is sponsored by the Natick Center Associates and the town’s Recreation and Parks Department. For more information, visit .

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