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Leesburg Kicks Off Holiday Festivities

Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting, First Friday bring out crowds in downtown area.

Downtown Leesburg was bustling Friday night as a special weekend of holiday activities began with the Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the Town Green. 

The ceremony started with a musical prelude from the Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir. 

Mayor Kristen Umstattd welcomed everyone to the event, followed by the Menorah lighting, which was done by Lisa and A.J. Levy.

The Loudoun Chorale sang several holiday songs. Then, members of the Town Council read Is there a Santa Claus?

Stephanie Swift of the Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir led the community in a "Jingle Bells" sing-a-long.

Umstattd announced the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the end of the ceremony. 

Other activities this weekend include the annual Holiday Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ida Lee Drive and travels south along King Street to Fairfax Street. The parade will features floats, marching bands, community groups and even Rudolph, Frosty and Santa.

In addition, Tally Ho Theatre will re-open Saturday with three sold-out shows of the 4th annual "Jingle Jam" concert, organized by local musician Stilson Green. 

For more information about holiday events in Leesburg visit www.downtownleesburgva.com.

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