Oak Bluffs is gearing up for the holidays. The tree lighting is planned for December 1, and the Santa Sweepstakes Shop and Dine to Win starts Friday, November 26 and lasts through December 20.
The annual tree lighting ceremony in Oak Bluffs — a joyful event where families sip hot cocoa and await Santa Claus’s arrival — takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The community is invited to join in the caroling, beginning at 6:30 pm at Post Office Square. The Vineyard Classic Brass Ensemble will perform a medley of traditional holiday carols and Board of Selectmen Chairman Duncan Ross will officially light the town tree.
Immediately following the lighting of the tree, the public is invited to partake in holiday fare at the Game Room on Circuit Avenue. There will be plenty of hot chocolate, and lots of homemade baked treats supplied by the P.T.O. There will be a lively musical presentation directed by Brian Weiland of the Oak Bluffs School music department and the Sting Rays, along with a visit from Santa.
Santa’s visit will have a special holiday meaning, since he will be there to collect gifts of food for the Island Food Pantry. Everyone who attends is asked to bring a food donation, which will be placed in festively decorated baskets and transported by Santa himself to the Food Pantry in plenty of time for Christmas.
The event is sponsored by several community organizations including the Oak Bluffs P.T.O., the Oak Bluffs Association, the Friends of Oak Bluffs, the Firemen’s Association, the Oak Bluffs Highway and Park Departments, the Vineyard Classic Brass Ensemble, Brian Weiland and the Sting Rays, Jardin Mahoney’s Garden Center, and the crew at Seasons and the Game Room.
The Santa Sweepstakes gives shoppers and diners the opportunity to win a portion of $1,500 in gift certificates. In all, there will be 60 winners. Each time one makes a purchase between Nov. 26 and Dec. 20, at one of many merchants or restaurants, they are entered in the raffle. Businesses include Tony’s Market, Sharky’s, Our Market, daRosa’s, Lemonade, Offshore Ale, Basics, and Craftworks, among many others. For the full list, see the ad on page 6.